FA Gill, the slaughterhouse implicated in last week’s pork mislabelling row, says it is in “positive and ongoing dialogue” with other parties involved and is hoping the matter will be resolved soon.
Last week, BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today and You and Yours programmes revealed that isotope tests carried out on a pack of Tesco ‘British pork’, supplied by Cranswick, indicated there was less than a 1% chance the pork was from a British farm.
Cranswick’s records indicated Gill supplied the pork used to make the wrongly labelled chop and Gill was suspended by Tesco as an approved supplier of pork.
This week, director Charles Gill said the company was “confident that matters will be resolved soon”.
“We have also had good and supportive feedback from other customers in the trade, which has supported the ongoing integrity of British pork supply,” he added.
It comes after Gill declined a site visit request by pork giant Cranswick last week on the grounds it had failed to provide sufficient information to Gill.
Last week, FA Gill told the BBC: “We correctly label the products we sell to our customers, and we have the documentation to prove this, so that consumers can all eat and enjoy our pork with confidence.”
Meanwhile, Cranswick told the BBC last week: “Cranswick has since carried out in-depth traceability and mass balance reviews which confirmed that the raw material was supplied to Cranswick from an approved source, and has also isotope-tested product produced pre- and post- this incident. These tests have confirmed the robustness of Cranswick’s systems.”
A Tesco spokeswoman said it had nothing to add at this stage.
Cranswick did not wish to comment further.
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