British Beef Not All It Seems

By Claire Miller

- Last updated on GMT

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A BBC investigation has revealed that 20 per cent of a sample section of restaurants and pubs are serving foreign meat and passing it off as British Beef

A NEW report has exposed a number of restaurants and bars have been selling foreign meat as British beef.

The investigation, carried out by the BBC, surveyed 40 outlets, of which an astonishing 20 per cent of meat labelled ‘local’ or ‘British’ was in fact from oversees.

The FSA has said that it is disappointed by the findings, and farmers have called for the results to prompt a tightening of legislation.

The BBC carried out undercover DNA testing of the samples, eight of the forty tested proved to be Zebu cattle – which is found only in South America and Africa.

There are calls for restaurants and food outlets to be forced to prove the origin of their meat, in much the same way as butchers, and for there to be a new, clearer and stricter definition of ‘local’.

Jilly Greed, from the National Beef Association in south-west England, told the BBC: "It`s a great big con. It`s pure exploitation of consumer demand for real local food - and until there`s a properly audited trail through the hospitality industry, the situation is only going to get worse."

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