The National Pig Association (NPA) is predicting that the foundations for the next food scandal are already being laid by some retailers as a number of them are switching back to imported pork, bacon and gammon products, because they are marginally cheaper.
The NPA is not naming the retailers concerned until it has had meetings with them to find out their reasons for retreating from their post-Horsegate promises to introduce short supply chains.
"Since the heat has come off the horse meat scandal we've started to see retailers sliding back from the strong British position they publicly adopted, and import more European product," says NPA general manager Dr. Zoe Davies.
"Consumers expect supermarkets to deliver on their post-Horsegate commitments to shorten their supply chains by buying safe food produced in Britain. If they think they can return to their old habits as soon as our backs are turned they had better think again, because we won't let this matter drop and nor will our friends in the National Farmers Union."
Britain imports around 60 percent of its pork and pork products and NPA has stated it believes this could be reduced if all retailers were genuinely committed to building shorter supply chain agreements with British pig producers.