This piece in the Yorkshire Post expresses the complexity and confusion of the whole sad business..
If theyre worried in Yorkshire you can be sure theyre worried everywhere..
Some of the feed was sold into Northern Ireland and fed to both cattle and pigs on both sides of the border. It is unlikely any was sold into mainland Britain.
However, meat from Northern Ireland can be branded British and meat from all kinds of sources can be sold in British-branded sausages, pies and ready meals.
A spokesman for the English Beef and Lamb Executive said last night: “The bright side is that there are so many checks and balances in the system, customers can be sure that problems like these will be discovered and traced back to source and any necessary action taken. If they do not want to, they do not need to worry at all.”
..and the source of all the trouble may be local.
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London