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Eilidh Whiteford, MP for Banff & Buchan

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MP Backs Pig Farmers at Parliamentary Event

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Banff & Buchan MP and Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Pig & Poultry Group, Dr Eilidh Whiteford, has highlighted the high welfare standards to which Scottish pig producers are operating.

The MP was speaking following today’s meeting in the Houses of Parliament of BPEX (British Pig Executive) to present the annual David Black Award, given for a significant and sustained contribution to the pig industry. At the meeting, MPs were also briefed on current pressures facing pig producers.

Commenting following the event in Parliament, Dr Whiteford said:

“Feed prices have increased dramatically pushing pig producers into a loss of around £10 for every pig raised. In Scotland, our pig producers have been at the forefront of introducing new animal welfare measures well ahead of a deadline imposed by the EU.

“Worryingly, aside from our friends in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the only other EU countries who currently comply with the welfare requirements which come into force on 1 January 2013 are Sweden and Luxembourg. While most other EU countries are working towards compliance, there are 9 countries, including France, which it is clear will not meet the 2013 deadline.

“In those circumstances, consumers should be aware that in selecting Scottish pork products, they are helping to support the highest standards of animal welfare in the production of their food as well as backing Scottish farmers and reducing food miles.”

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