Tesco has pledged to phase out sales of imported veal and instead stock British meat from calves bred to higher welfare standards.

Some 930 farmers who supply Tesco with milk have agreed not to export their dairy calves, and the chain's beef suppliers will take on the calves.

"The fact that these calves will stay in the UK is good news for British farmers and shoppers alike because it makes a lot more top quality British beef available,” said Tesco dairy category director Kari Daniels.

"In addition shoppers will be able to buy British veal - which will be reared to high welfare standards. Calves will have straw beds, a balanced diet and access to plenty of natural daylight."