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AHDB renews lab partnership to fight food fraud

18th Jun 2018 / By Alistair Driver

AHDB is renewing its partnership with a North Yorkshire laboratory to help battle fraud in the pork supply chain. 

Agroisolab UK, a small business based just outside the small North Yorkshire village of Welburn, has been re-awarded a contract to supply the levy body with isotope origin testing to determine the origin of pork. AHDB said the contract supports the protection of British standards of pork production and prevention of fraud, which is a concern as British-labelled food commands a higher price on the back of our animal welfare standards. 

Angela Christison, AHDB's pork strategy director, said: “The pig industry works exceptionally hard to meet and exceed exacting standards for consumers. It is essential that there is an ongoing method of ensuring that what is labelled ‘British’ is just that and not meat supplied from a country that may not have had to reach such high standards.

“Agroisolab has proven to be a very effective method of spot testing meat for authenticity of origin and we are pleased to continue this relationship for the benefit of our levy payers.”

Roger Young, managing director of Agroisolab UK, said: “This is a fantastic continuation of one of our earliest contracts and it is a pleasure to continue our relationship with AHDB. Assisting supply chains to protect against fraud is our top priority. Agroisolab is committed to ensuring that labelled British food really is British food.”

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