Horsemeat scandal great news for Gwent butchers

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GWENT consumers are backing a survey today which says the horsemeat scandal will change the way we all shop.

It looks set to be good news for our independent traders, as Gwent’s residents seemed to agree with the survey, and said they’ll now be shopping more at their local butcher.

The survey conducted by market research group Consumer Intelligence conducted an online survey of 2,257 UK adults over February 14 and 15 this year at the peak of the scandal.

They found that 25 per cent of adults said they would buy less processed meat, with 21 per cent of those surveyed saying they have started buying less meat generally and 25 per cent saying they will buy more unprocessed meat instead of processed goods.

The survey suggested the scandal had rocked confidence in the packaging our food comes in too, with 67 per cent of respondents saying they trust food labels less now.

Those surveyed also gave a ringing endorsement for their local butcher too, with 62 per cent of those who took the survey saying they are now more likely to use independent butchers for their meat.

What Gwent people said about buying meat now

Dean BeddisDad of four from Newport and owner of Kriminal Records: “Whereas people before might be buying any meat just because it was cheap, they might think twice now because they cannot trust the meat they buy from supermarkets.”

Mike Ryan – funeral director in Newport: “I do not mind buying meat such as joints from the supermarkets, but in my opinion, buying from independent butchers is the best policy.

Horse meat is not a health hazard, but the problem is that customers have been defrauded.”

Susan Hughes of Pick up and Press in Newport: “I will be buying far fewer ready meals that’s for sure. At the moment I buy my meat from local supermarkets and will continue to do so. However, I am not confident about buying processed meat from anywhere now to be honest.”

● Councillor Debbie HarveyAlway ward: “I buy my meat from the local butchers because I like to know what I’m buying.”

Shamaine Tatton, who works at her father’s stables in Newport: “It’s inhumane in my eyes to eat horse meat.

“I buy my meat from ASDA but I haven’t bought anything this week just because I want things to be made clearer. I don’t think I’ll stop buying from there, but I won’t be buying as much as usual either.”

Graham Rickett, who owns a Costcutter store in Ringland: “I don’t buy ready meals. Personally, I buy meat from local markets and from a local butcher up the road and my shop supports local traders.”

Roma Rimola, of Roma’s Fruit & Veg in Newport: “It’s awful. Personally I don’t find anything wrong with eating horse because I’m Italian and they do it in Italy, but people should know what they’re eating.

“Most people think it’s so much cheaper to buy at supermarkets, but you’d be surprised how much food you can get for four pounds at the butchers.”

Mark Soadyvicar of an Abergavenny church: “My eating habits will not change as a result of the scandal. I have always bought meat from my local butchers, as I know I can trust the source of the meat I buy there.”

Pippa Bartolotti, leader of the Green Party in Wales: “I’ve been a vegetarian for many years. But I am concerned at the lack of traceability in food.”

Paul Williams, Cwmbran community councillor: “Luckily for me I very rarely eat ready meals and nine out of 10 times I go to my local butcher rather than the supermarket. I enjoy cooking, and the two or three minutes you spend talking to a butcher to get advice on how to cook is worth it.

Bob Barry, from Duffryn Community Link: “Personally I’ve moved away from processed food as a result of this.”

Alan Edwards, who runs Vacara’s fish and chip shop in Newport: “We had a scare a few years ago with the beef but eventually customers came back. “I suspect we’ll be OK because we buy all of our pies from a family-run company in Swansea.”

Hedley McCarthy, leader of Blaenau Gwent council: “To be honest I don’t eat a lot of processed foods anyway, but I can see it’s a worry. You should always get what you set out to buy.”

ARGUS COMMENT: Food for thought

A NEW survey of shoppers implies that the horsemeat scandal is changing our food shopping habits.

This is hardly surprising, given that not a day seems to go by without some further unwelcome revelation about Europe’s tangled food processing industry.

At the very least this could be good news for local butchers who, with the support of countless campaigning celebrity chefs, have been arguing for years that locally- sourced, traceable meat is best.

Who could argue with that.

The one problem we foresee though is that supermarkets have trained us over many years to expect to be able to buy food really cheaply.

Let’s face it, we buy it in our droves.

We only have to look at the number of supermarkets here in Gwent to see the level of retail success the big four stores have enjoyed by employing this business model.

The problem is that for producers it is nigh on impossible to balance the need to do things as cheaply as possible with the determination to provide the best quality.

It would take a lot of us to radically change our shopping habits to force supermarkets to accept that they might have to pay farmers and producers more and hence charge us a extra for food. It may be a difficult pill to swallow but it may be something which has to happen if only for peace of mind.

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11:51am Mon 18 Feb 13

Dugstar says...

Used to buy most of our meat from the major supermarkets however recently have been getting meat from Howards Butchers in Risca as it works out cheaper than the supermarket and the quality is 100% superior.
Used to buy most of our meat from the major supermarkets however recently have been getting meat from Howards Butchers in Risca as it works out cheaper than the supermarket and the quality is 100% superior. Dugstar
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12:48pm Mon 18 Feb 13

ianzemma says...

i've always bought my meat from Turners butchers in the market and not one for buying crappy microwave instant meals, so much cheaper to make your own from scratch!
i've always bought my meat from Turners butchers in the market and not one for buying crappy microwave instant meals, so much cheaper to make your own from scratch! ianzemma
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1:41pm Mon 18 Feb 13

barrie says...

in a backwards way this could kick start the economy with people going back to town centres and local shops for their food instead of out of town supermarkets
in a backwards way this could kick start the economy with people going back to town centres and local shops for their food instead of out of town supermarkets barrie
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1:54pm Mon 18 Feb 13

welshmen says...

I go to my local butchers in Maindee Jim Oliver's, you know what your eating when you use them, no Halal meat here....
I go to my local butchers in Maindee Jim Oliver's, you know what your eating when you use them, no Halal meat here.... welshmen
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3:18pm Mon 18 Feb 13

koifisher says...

Butchers will always win on quality hands down , but people just think their dearer , people never notice the price per kilo , only that it looks cheap , we've always gone to m williams in risca , his meat is always good , and he makes his own ready meals ,and burgers , and their a lot better than some of his jokes..
Butchers will always win on quality hands down , but people just think their dearer , people never notice the price per kilo , only that it looks cheap , we've always gone to m williams in risca , his meat is always good , and he makes his own ready meals ,and burgers , and their a lot better than some of his jokes.. koifisher
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4:37pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Radio Wales says...

I'm distressed to see that most of the furore is still about the ethics of eating horse meat.
Having lived in France and other European countries I don't have any hang-ups about consuming horse meat - but I am as annoyed as hell about the false contents information that accompanies such products.

I have heard more than once from holier-than-thou mouths that they simply don't bother with bottom-of-the-market processed meat. So I have to wonder whether this state of fraud would have been tolerated if it had affected the better off's in our society.

The current talk is of improving customer confidence, but what exactly can they do that they don't already? Packets already guarantee 100% pure beef and they have lied. So what could they say to make us confident that they are being truthful? If they lie about the horse meat, what else can they be lying about too? It opens a whole can of worms just to think about it. Were they safe in the knowledge that government wouldn't check because they are not affected by low quality foodstuffs?

If low priced horse meat was properly labelled as such, I - and probably many others - would eat it if not by choice, then out of necessity.

It doesn't look like many that are responsible for allowing this fraudulent trading to happen, will be taken to task, so I am not holding my breath! I don't suppose we will get any better than spoon-fed platitudes designed to convince us that they can be trusted - again - such as the old chestnut "Lessons will be learned".

Then off we go again until the next revelation and scandal pops up - it's easy to see why they are so intent on stamping out whistleblowing..
I'm distressed to see that most of the furore is still about the ethics of eating horse meat. Having lived in France and other European countries I don't have any hang-ups about consuming horse meat - but I am as annoyed as hell about the false contents information that accompanies such products. I have heard more than once from holier-than-thou mouths that they simply don't bother with bottom-of-the-market processed meat. So I have to wonder whether this state of fraud would have been tolerated if it had affected the better off's in our society. The current talk is of improving customer confidence, but what exactly can they do that they don't already? Packets already guarantee 100% pure beef and they have lied. So what could they say to make us confident that they are being truthful? If they lie about the horse meat, what else can they be lying about too? It opens a whole can of worms just to think about it. Were they safe in the knowledge that government wouldn't check because they are not affected by low quality foodstuffs? If low priced horse meat was properly labelled as such, I - and probably many others - would eat it if not by choice, then out of necessity. It doesn't look like many that are responsible for allowing this fraudulent trading to happen, will be taken to task, so I am not holding my breath! I don't suppose we will get any better than spoon-fed platitudes designed to convince us that they can be trusted - again - such as the old chestnut "Lessons will be learned". Then off we go again until the next revelation and scandal pops up - it's easy to see why they are so intent on stamping out whistleblowing.. Radio Wales
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4:50pm Mon 18 Feb 13

SionedGoch says...

I only buy organic meat from Riverford and Abel & Cole. I know what I'm getting and I know the animals have led a better life than conventionally farmed ones do.
I only buy organic meat from Riverford and Abel & Cole. I know what I'm getting and I know the animals have led a better life than conventionally farmed ones do. SionedGoch
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11:18pm Mon 18 Feb 13

spanner100 says...

What is a "Local Butcher"?.
What is a "Local Butcher"?. spanner100
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2:12am Tue 19 Feb 13

smokintheweed says...

SionedGoch wrote:
I only buy organic meat from Riverford and Abel & Cole. I know what I'm getting and I know the animals have led a better life than conventionally farmed ones do.
Lah-dee-dah...
[quote][p][bold]SionedGoch[/bold] wrote: I only buy organic meat from Riverford and Abel & Cole. I know what I'm getting and I know the animals have led a better life than conventionally farmed ones do.[/p][/quote]Lah-dee-dah... smokintheweed
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8:58am Tue 19 Feb 13

SionedGoch says...

What's 'lah-dee-dah' about wanting to eat safely and considerately? I don't have a lot to spend on food but make meat go a long way, padded out in stews with lots of veg for instance. A chicken can last a week for me.
What's 'lah-dee-dah' about wanting to eat safely and considerately? I don't have a lot to spend on food but make meat go a long way, padded out in stews with lots of veg for instance. A chicken can last a week for me. SionedGoch
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1:15pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Floppy backed says...

SionedGoch wrote:
I only buy organic meat from Riverford and Abel & Cole. I know what I'm getting and I know the animals have led a better life than conventionally farmed ones do.
Just because it says 'organic' doesnt mean much - the organic symbol is mainly based on land management. Cows & sheep are still kept the same - mainly outdoors, yes the stocking numbers may be less when indoors while being fattened but there isnt a lot of difference to traditional farming methods. Pigs can still be barn kept doesnt mean they have free roam outside. Chickens and eggs are the only exceptions on the organic label as these are better all round. The generalisation that they lead a better life isnt true i'm afraid. I have seen some shocking farm practices on organic farms. If you want to truely buy local you have to buy direct off the farmer and there are a few around under the box schemes. Sadly, the local butcher doesnt always get his meat local - if he buys from a wholesaler then it could be from anywhere in the UK. A top quality butcher will label the farmer and location on the label. Really struggle around here to get good meat - only Neil James in Raglan supplies meat from good traditional cattle that are hung properly.
[quote][p][bold]SionedGoch[/bold] wrote: I only buy organic meat from Riverford and Abel & Cole. I know what I'm getting and I know the animals have led a better life than conventionally farmed ones do.[/p][/quote]Just because it says 'organic' doesnt mean much - the organic symbol is mainly based on land management. Cows & sheep are still kept the same - mainly outdoors, yes the stocking numbers may be less when indoors while being fattened but there isnt a lot of difference to traditional farming methods. Pigs can still be barn kept doesnt mean they have free roam outside. Chickens and eggs are the only exceptions on the organic label as these are better all round. The generalisation that they lead a better life isnt true i'm afraid. I have seen some shocking farm practices on organic farms. If you want to truely buy local you have to buy direct off the farmer and there are a few around under the box schemes. Sadly, the local butcher doesnt always get his meat local - if he buys from a wholesaler then it could be from anywhere in the UK. A top quality butcher will label the farmer and location on the label. Really struggle around here to get good meat - only Neil James in Raglan supplies meat from good traditional cattle that are hung properly. Floppy backed
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1:32pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

I bought some orgasmic carrots the other day. Yes, they really were that good!:)
I bought some orgasmic carrots the other day. Yes, they really were that good!:) Katie Re-Registered
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8:50pm Tue 19 Feb 13

SionedGoch says...

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https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=7QEyJaqA lnU&list=UUozDY-EmkP ds4tbMP49i0vQ&index= 83 SionedGoch
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2:53pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Gw Ent says...

Gwent does not exist. It was a failed local government experiment. Born 1974 to universal hatred. Died 1996 - SIXTEEN YEARS AGO!
Gwent does not exist. It was a failed local government experiment. Born 1974 to universal hatred. Died 1996 - SIXTEEN YEARS AGO! Gw Ent
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