MEAT: Shop local and don’t worry

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More food scandals about meat safety are emerging in the news.

Firms involved include Russell Hume, a larger supplier of meat to pubs, which went into administration following an inspection by the Food Standards Authority, causing problems for JD Wetherspoon and Jamie Oliver’s restaurants.

DB Foods and Fairfax Meadows were also in the headlines. Then inspectors found traces of mice at Midland Food Services.

But if we are lucky enough to live in Morpeth, we don’t need to eat or buy those worrying meat products.

At the same time we can support local businesses and producers.

Go to Martins Butchers in Newgate Street and see displayed on the wall notices showing exactly the source of the meat sold there, which goes right back to the farm in Northumberland where the animals were raised.

Similarly, down the street at Gebhards, meat is locally sourced and the staff can supply full details.

Bridget Gubbins

Old Bakehouse Yard

Morpeth