Britain investigates illegal sales of organic meat
A television documentary in the UK claimed
that many British butchers are selling unverified meat as
The investigation, centred on the West of England,
filmed a number of butchers who said their meat was organic and in many cases
charging premium prices for the product although they were not licensed to sell
organic meat, and the meat they were selling had no
The butchers and farmers caught by the undercover
operation said they were not labelling the meat as organic, simply advising
customers that it came from organic farms and was of superior quality. They
complained that complex regulations made it difficult to get a license and to
certify products as organic even if they have the license.
organic meat without a government license can result in fines of up to $7,500.
An organic license costs about $600 a year. Farmers claim that the license is
overpriced and the paperwork confusing.
Organic meat sales in England
are estimated at about $100 million, about 8% of overall organic food
As a result of the TV broadcast the Soil Association of Great Britain has
vowed to increase its enforcement of organic standards.
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