Monday, December 29, 2008


The image above is Irish chicken filets purchased from Tesco. Proud to be Irish. Indeed, 100% Irish. No problem with chickens, then.

The image below is Irish pork purchased from Lidl. Proud to be Irish? Not on your nanny. Enter a little trace of toxin and suddenly the Irish pork has a new passport. The meat is revealed as not Irish at all.

And lest you think I have it in for Lidl, here's an Olhausen's packet of sausages. The primary label proclaims the firm to be "Irish since 1896" so you might expect Irish pork. But the subsequent label makes it quite clear the product is "Non-Irish Origin".

And this despite the folksy reverse label.

I'm thinking of starting a new movement called Toxins for Truth. Any takers?


Anonymous said...

You say no problem with the chicken as being Irish then why if you closely at the label will you find the factory number as UK 9509 meaning United Kingdom - didn't we part with them in 1922

Póló said...

@Anonymous at 12.56pm

I'll grant you I didn't read the label that closely, I was making a broader point about the ostensible labelling.

However, if you follow up the number you may find the first national aim coming into question here.

Póló said...

The Irish Times, 30/12/2009, reports calls for a voluntary code of labelling to combat abuse of the current system where a small amount of processing can be used to manipulate the origin on the label.