Friday 22 September 2017

Shoppers change meat-buying habits due to 'lack of trust'

Aideen Sheehan Consumer Correspondent

ALMOST half of Irish consumers have changed their meat-buying habits since the horse-meat scandal erupted.

Some 45pc said they had changed their buying habits, with two-thirds of these citing a "lack of trust" as the reason, according to a new survey carried out by the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland and Goodalls.

Meanwhile, Ikea said it was pulling hotdogs from its Russian stores after they were found to contain horse meat.

The test result from Russia concerns locally produced hotdogs and only affects the Russian market, IKEA said. It has previously withdrawn Swedish-made meatballs and hotdogs from its Irish and European stores.

The butchers' survey of 387 people in Ireland in the last week found one in four had changed their purchasing pattern because of a lack of traceability in the food chain while another quarter cited the desire to shop local.

Only 12pc of consumers cited health concerns as the reason for changing shopping patterns, but over 60pc plan to visit their local butchers more often.

Irish Independent

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