Butchers and farm shops in the Ryedale area have benefitted from the horsemeat scandal which broke out a year ago this week, says Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk and Malton and chairman of the Government’s select committee on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
But she said she was concerned that there had still be no prosecutions resulting from the contamination of food incidents. However she welcomed the switch by many shoppers to farm shops and local butchers in Ryedale as a result of a rise in sales as shoppers switched from supermarkets.
“Retailers still need to work on smaller supply chains,” she added. “By buying local we can more likely trace all sources of our food.“
One of the biggest risks, said Ms McIntosh, was the length of food chains from producer to the table. The Government was investing money in policing food but her select committee wanted to see prosecutions resulting from the horse meat scandal.