Xmas is com­ing and the goose is get­ting.. shipped in from Hun­gary

Fes­tive feast is any­thing but Bri­tish

Sunday Mirror - - KHAN SAIRA - BY NADA FARHOUD Con­sumer Fea­tures Ed­i­tor

HOPES of a tra­di­tional Bri­tish roast at Christ­mas look stuffed af­ter it emerged key in­gre­di­ents come from as far away as Chile.

A Sun­day Mir­ror probe has found UK su­per­mar­kets import many fes­tive favourites from around the globe.

Lidl’s frozen turkeys come from Canada, Poland and France, while its goose is shipped in from Hun­gary.

Ice­land’s tur­key breast joint with ba­con is pro­duced and packed in Poland, while its frozen pigs in blan­kets are made with EU pork. And like the Lidl goose, its stuffed duck is from Hun­gary.


Asda’s roast­ing beef is im­ported from Ire­land and its gam­mon joint from Den­mark – while Mor­risons is made from EU pork.

Sains­bury’s Maris Piper pota­toes are grown in Is­rael, while Tesco’s Lake­land goose comes from... you guessed it... Hun­gary.

Ocean Spray’s cran­berry sauce is made of berries grown in Canada, Chile and the US.

Then there is Lidl’s beech­wood smoked salmon – a typ­i­cal Christ­mas day starter – which comes from Ger­many.

The Na­tional Farm­ers’ Union has urged shop­pers to pledge their sup­port to Bri­tish pro­duce.

A spokesman said: “We are en­cour­ag­ing shop­pers to sup­port our farm­ers and back Bri­tish farm­ing. “One of the eas­i­est ways to achieve this is buy­ing pro­duce dis­play­ing the Red Trac­tor logo,

which also pro­vides a guar­an­tee of trace­abil­ity, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, food safety and hy­giene and wel­fare stan­dards.”

And Mor­risons seems to be do­ing its bit with fresh veg­eta­bles at least. They are all sourced from the UK.

How­ever, the su­per­mar­ket’s frozen Brus­sels sprouts come from – you guessed it – Bel­gium.

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