For pig farmers, retaining and developing our home market is critical to achieving the best possible price for our produce. However, incomes have come under increasing pressure over the last number of years due to retailer power and the lack of government and EU action to deal with misleading labelling.
For this reason, the IFA National Pigs and Pigmeat Committee decided to introduce a DNA-based meat indentification system.
This enables IFA to identify imported pigmeat products, which appear labelled as Irish in fodd retail outlets.
DNA Testing Programme
- Pig meat products will be sampled monthly from retailers, secondary processors, butchers, hotels and food service.
- A total of 1,500-2,000 samples will be tested annually
- DNA Programme including coordination and testing will be funded by IFA pig levy