Butchers see sales rise amid horse meat scandal

John Dixon and Nathan Whittaker, Hunter Meats, Main Street, Limavady. (1402SL21) Photo: Stephen Latimer
John Dixon and Nathan Whittaker, Hunter Meats, Main Street, Limavady. (1402SL21) Photo: Stephen Latimer
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Butchers in Limavady say they’ve seen an increase in sales since the supermarket horse meat scandal hit the headlines.

Three local butchers in Limavady say they’ve experienced an average rise of 10 per cent in sales as shoppers flock back to independent retailers for meat.

John Dixon from Norman Hunters in Limavady said the scandal is a hot topic.

“We’re up about 10 per cent in sales, and we have indeed seen new customers too,” said Mr. Dixon, who said they’ve seen an increase of mince and beef sales. “Out produce has full traceability, right back to the farmer. People know they can trust their local butcher.”

Sean McCloskey of McCloskey Meats said they had also seen an increase in business, up about 10 per cent.

“Where else can they go to get something they can trust?” said Mr. McCloskey. “It’s all local produce which can be traced back to the farm and it’s all quality assured. When people but from their local butcher they know what they’re getting. It’s good quality and it’s healthy and gives people peace of mind.”

At McAtamney’s Traditional Butchers, sales are also about by 10 per cent.

“We’ve seen a very big increase, especially on Saturdays. You’re chatting 10 per cent at least. People are talking non stop about it from a health point of view,” said a spokesperson.

“When you buy from your local butcher you can be sure of what you get. We all go through rigorous checks and and it’s all local produce.”

In the latest revelations in the ongoing saga - coming in the wake of frozen food retailer Findus confirming some of their beef products contained 100% horse meat - retail giant Tesco has apologised after tests revealed horse meat was also present in its beef burgers.

Earlier this week police and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) raided a slaughterhouse in West Yorkshire, and meat processing plant Farmbox Meats near Aberystwyth, Wales. The FSA said their inquiry into the scandal will be “relentless.”

Meanwhile the ‘Journal‘ is keen to know how the horsemeat revelations have impacted on how you shop for meat and is running an online poll asking if the scandal has made you think twice about buying processed meat products. Visit derryjournal.com to cast your vote. You can also have your say by commenting online on our site or getting involved at www.facebook.com/derryjournal or tweet @derryjournal