Unite calls on Asda to take heed and follow others lea...

Unite calls on Asda to take heed and follow others lead in listening to the public on meat sourcing

04 March 2013

Unite, one of the largest union’s in Wales, has today called on supermarket giant Asda to follow the lead of other large retailers in listening to public opinion and committing to source their meat products from the UK.

In the light of the recent horse meat scandal, Tesco and Aldi have made public pronouncements that they will act on the concern of citizens and commit to sourcing meat closer to home and building closer relationships with UK farmers.

Unite believes it is now time for Asda to act and show support for local sourcing, local jobs and local people by once again contracting Welsh Country Foods as a supplier.

Unite Wales Secretary Andy Richards said:

“It is time that Asda takes heed and follows the lead of others by taking action to illustrate in practice their commitment to the UK meat industry and Welsh people.  

Given the recent revelations surrounding contaminated meat in our supermarkets, the reasons for Asda to re-think and reverse their decision to de-list Welsh Country Foods in Anglesey from their supply chain is ever stronger.

We know that Welsh Country Foods can guarantee 100 per cent traceability on every product that is slaughtered and processed at the Gaerwen site.”


For further information contact Unite Wales communications co-ordinator Hannah Blythyn on 07980 237694.

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.