Pork and con­fi­dence in short sup­ply

Bray People - - Pork Crisis -

WHILE con­cern over con­tam­i­nated pork meat con­tin­ues through­out the coun­try lo­cal butch­ers are forced to play the wait­ing game un­til stock is ap­proved for sale.

‘We need con­fi­dence back in the prod­uct, once that’s there we’ll be okay,’ says De­clan Mol­loy co-owner of T. Hayes Butch­ers on Florence Road in Bray.

Since the scare, many of De­clan’s cus­tomers have brought back their pork prod­ucts.

‘About 50 per cent of our cus­tomers are for­eign na­tion­als and they eat a lot of pork so this is re­ally hit­ting us hard. The main things that we’re get­ting back are sausages and rash­ers, things peo­ple would have eaten in the week­end fryup,’ ex­plained De­clan.

Ark­low-based butcher Der­mot Doyle, who runs his shop on Main Street, says that while he has strong faith in the t r a c e ab i l i t y sys­tems and health and safety pro­to­col, pub­lic per­cep­tion is more likely to ham­per fu­ture pork sales.

‘The sys­tem in Ire­land re­ally is sec­ond to none and re­ally the few shady char­ac­ters who get in­volved in things such as this will never get away with it for long.

‘We have in­spec­tors here ev­ery sin­gle month looking at our dock­ets and they must match up on their sys­tem so in that sense ev­ery­thing is well doc­u­mented mak­ing it eas­ier to get to the route of a prob­lem.

‘Pub­lic per­cep­tion how­ever is a dif­fer­ent story. How long will it take for con­sumers to gain con­fi­dence in the prod­uct six months or a year?’ he says.

Ark­low butcher Der­mot Doyle.

T. Hayes butch­ers on Florence Road in Bray.

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