Investigators at Food Standards Scotland’s (FSS) new food crime unit say they have information that inferior beef from Eastern Europe, Ireland and England is being imported and repackaged with a premium Scottish label.
An investigation has found that non-farm assured beef is coming in from across Europe, England and Ireland and getting processed in Scotland as premium Scottish Beef. This means retail customers are being sold inferior quality beef for a premium price. The investigation suggests that the beef is being processed by unscrupulous cutting plants or meat processors.
The safety of the meat itself is not an issue, however clearly the consumer is being fooled as to what they are buying. Consumers are paying more money for an inferior product beliveing the meat to be premium Scottish beef.