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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN cont…

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THE CODE OF PRACTICE

FOR THE LABELLING OF

PORK AND PORK PRODUCTS

sometimes be made with pork from more than one

country. In such cases the countries of origin will be

available or the EU will be the declared origin.

2.2

The use of terminology and descriptions relating to origin

on foodservice menus will be clear and unambiguous.

2.3

The use of the term “local” or “locally sourced” pork and

pork products will be clearly defined and available to

customers either on menu, on accompanying literature,

on a company website or directly from the company on

request.

2.4

Product specific terms or recipe names that state a

UK geographical origin will be made from UK pork.

Otherwise they will be accompanied by an origin

statement on the menu or on accompanying literature.

Example

“Wiltshire Cure bacon”

“Wiltshire Cure gammon from country x ”

“Melton Mowbray Pork Pie using country x pork”

“Cumberland sausage made with country x and

country y pork”

“Lincolnshire sausages made with EU pork”

2.5

The use of breed descriptions that state a UK

geographical origin will be UK origin pork. Otherwise

they will be accompanied by an origin statement on the

menu or on accompanying literature.

Example

“Gloucestershire Old Spot gammon”

“Hampshire cross bred pork from country x”

3. PIG PRODUCTION TERMS

Background

A number of terms relating to

pig production methods

are

currently in use on retail packs and menus featuring pork

and pork products. These include free range, outdoor bred

and outdoor reared. There are accepted industry norms

relating to these terms but there are not agreed, auditable

definitions as there are, for example in the poultry sector.

The Code of Practice therefore includes such definitions so

that consumers can be fully informed when buying these

products.

Free Range

3.1

These pigs are born outside, in fields where they remain

outside until they are sent for processing. They are

provided with food, water and shelter and are free to

roam within defined boundaries. Very generous space

allowances are defined with minimum requirements

dependent on soil conditions and rotation practices.

1.6

Statements of origin containing a list of possible countries

that includes the UK such as “Produced using pork from

country a, b, c or UK” has the potential to mislead

consumers that the product could be entirely or

predominantly of UK origin. Therefore this will not be used.

1.7

Where national terms and symbols (such as flags or

logos containing flags) such as Great British Classics

are used as part of the description of processed pork

products then this means that the ingredients that

characterise the product (such as bacon or the pork in

pork pies) and all of the main production/manufacturing

processes associated with the product originated within

that place or country.

Geographical Origin

1.8

Product specific terms or recipes that state a

geographical origin within the UK will be made from UK

pork. Otherwise they will be accompanied by an origin

declaration in the same field of vision on the label.

Example

“Wiltshire Cure bacon”

“Wiltshire Cure bacon… from country x ”

“Melton Mowbray Pork Pie…. using country x pork”

“Cumberland sausage… made from country x and

country y pork”

“Lincolnshire sausages… from EU pork”

1.9

The use of breed descriptions that state a geographical

origin within the UK will be from UK pork. Otherwise

they will be accompanied by an origin declaration in the

same field of vision on the label.

Example

“Hampshire cross breed pork”

“Hampshire cross breed country x pork”

“Country y Berkshire pork”

1.10

The use of trade names (for example Rural Valley) and/

or imagery (for example English village scenes) used on

packaging that could imply a UK country of origin will

be UK origin. Otherwise they will be accompanied by an

origin declaration in the same field of vision on the label.

Example

“Rural Valley pork”

“Rural Valley pork… from country x

“Rural Valley… Country x bacon ”

2. Foodservice – Code of Practice

2.1

The country of origin of pork and the pork used in

processed products will be available to customers either

on menu, on accompanying literature, on a company

website or directly from the company on request. Pork

products such as sausages, ham and pork pies can