Superquinn to reintroduce Irish pork products

Wed, Dec 10, 2008, 00:00

SUPERMARKETS:SUPERQUINN IS to put Irish pork products back in its stores from tomorrow, the first supermarket chain to do so.

Superquinn said that the pork is traceable to a single farm in Co Kilkenny.

The Government is allowing the sale of any pork that does not come from a farm or a processor affected by the contaminated feedstuff and where the meat in question is fully traceable.

However, permission to sell Irish pork only pertains to pigs that were slaughtered after December 7th, when the scare over contaminated pork was first confirmed.

The supermarket retailer will reintroduce Superquinn sausages, Superquinn pork chops, and Superquinn Gleann na Greine rashers from pigs on the Sunglen farm. These pigs are fed using wheat and barley milled at the family run feed plant, also in south Kilkenny.

The amount of pork involved is likely to be limited and Superquinn says that it will also be introducing foreign pork products tomorrow, but only as branded rather than as own label products.

Musgraves, which owns the Supervalu, Centra, Daybreak and Day to Day convenience store chains, said that it also hopes to have imported pork in its stores tomorrow.

Aldi Stores Ireland says that it has sourced an EU-approved supply of pork products from France, Germany and the UK, which will be available later this week.

Tesco said that it hoped to have imported pork on its shelf this week too, but was not in a position to say when.

No one from Dunnes Stores or Lidl was available for comment yesterday.