MSP calls for more Scottish lamb

Dennis Robertson, SNP MSP has written to the Chief Executive of Tesco, Philip Clarke, because of a “disparity” between Tesco and other retailers who sell lamb in his constituency.

Mr Robertson, who is a member of the Scottish Parliament’s rural affairs committee, called for Tesco to explain why they are selling only imported fresh lamb when the local and UK-wide lamb season is well under way.

Mr Robertson said: “I was disappointed to hear that NFU Scotland found very little Scottish lamb on the shelves of major retailers in Edinburgh and I instructed my staff to do a quick survey in the constituency.

“The result is that Aldi and Morrisons are coming top selling 100 per cent fresh Scottish lamb, at M&S, fresh lamb is 100 per cent British while 60 per cent of Tesco’s fresh lamb comes from New Zealand with 30 per cent labelled British, and only 10 per cent Scottish.

“The NFU and local farmers are expecting, at this time of the year, that Scottish products should fill all the empty shelves; I am very disappointed that consumers cannot always find local fresh produce in abundance at their local supermarket.”

“I urge all retailers to support our rural communities, and consumers to ask for Scottish fresh produce and if the shelves are empty or if they wish to try something different, to visit their local butcher.”