"Produced in Ireland" - Should Tesco be forced to forego this Sham claim?

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I purchased a ready made Chicken wrap from tesco yesterday for lunch. On the packaging, it stated next to an unmistakable Irish tricolour, that this product was "produced in Ireland". Yearning my interest a little more, I read with intrigue the back of the package which stated that this wrap was produced in Ireland using chicken from Thailand of Brazil.

Now I perfectly understand that in this context, produced in Ireland merely means assembled in Ireland rather than made from scratch. Nor would I expect all the ingredients to have been produced here. We don't have the climate for several of them. But I do take umbrage that Tesco is quite happy to stick a tricolour on the front of this product, when the main ingredient; chicken, is plentiful and accessible in Ireland, but have chose to use South American or Asian chicken instead.

By all means, use Thai or Brazilian chicken if they want to. Just don't put on a tricolour on the packaging. They care about profit margins etc, but don't mislead the public into thinking they are buying Irish and supporting the local economy when instead they are supporting Brazilian and Thai farmers instead. I would also imagine there is a large environmental cost with regard to importing chicken from across the world when we have a plentiful, long established chicken industry here.

As a side issue, has anyone bought red grapes from tesco lately? Each week they seem to come from various places all over the world; USA, Namibia, Morocco, France. What's that about?
 


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I purchased a ready made Chicken wrap from tesco yesterday for lunch. On the packaging, it stated next to an unmistakable Irish tricolour, that this product was "produced in Ireland". Yearning my interest a little more, I read with intrigue the back of the package which stated that this wrap was produced in Ireland using chicken from Thailand of Brazil.

Now I perfectly understand that in this context, produced in Ireland merely means assembled in Ireland rather than made from scratch. Nor would I expect all the ingredients to have been produced here. We don't have the climate for several of them. But I do take umbrage that Tesco is quite happy to stick a tricolour on the front of this product, when the main ingredient; chicken, is plentiful and accessible in Ireland, but have chose to use South American or Asian chicken instead.

By all means, use Thai or Brazilian chicken if they want to. Just don't put on a tricolour on the packaging. They care about profit margins etc, but don't mislead the public into thinking they are buying Irish and supporting the local economy when instead they are supporting Brazilian and Thai farmers instead. I would also imagine there is a large environmental cost with regard to importing chicken from across the world when we have a plentiful, long established chicken industry here.

As a side issue, has anyone bought red grapes from tesco lately? Each week they seem to come from various places all over the world; USA, Namibia, Morocco, France. What's that about?
Given the muck produced in South East Asia I'd say the word assembled on the chicken was proper. Also why the f*** do people shop in big supermarkets. Buy your meat in the local butcher. At least you know it's meat.
 

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Re-labelling food after processing is perfectly legal, afaiaa, with the exception of beef, where country of origin must be clearly listed.

Interesting piece here:
End of the road for Irish Chicken

Was it fresh, and how did it taste? Had ye no turkey left? ;)
 

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Re-labelling food after processing is perfectly legal, afaiaa, with the exception of beef, where country of origin must be clearly listed.

Interesting piece here:
End of the road for Irish Chicken

Was it fresh, and how did it taste? Had ye no turkey left? ;)
It tasted fine but that was probably because of the various sauces and other ingredients thrown in. Unfortunately, economic necessity has forced me to return to the other side of the country so no longer have access to Ma's turkey
 

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Would you have any similar views on Supervalu's labeling of Orange Juice as coming from County Carlow?

https://shop.supervalu.ie/shopping/drinks-juice-supervalu-sig-tastes-freshly-squeezed-orange-1-litre-/p-1009018000

Tesco is the destination of a huge amount of the generally banal output of Irish farming. What's the problem?

http://www.politics.ie/forum/economy/184919-nearly-10-all-irish-beef-exports-sold-tesco.html
The cheapest cuts are sold to Tesco. All big supermarkets manipulate food and try and produce it as cheap as possible. If corners ahve to be cut or the wool pulled over people's eyes well then that's the way they'll do it. No one with a brain shops for fresh food in a large chain supermarket.
 

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Would you have any similar views on Supervalu's labeling of Orange Juice as coming from County Carlow?

https://shop.supervalu.ie/shopping/drinks-juice-supervalu-sig-tastes-freshly-squeezed-orange-1-litre-/p-1009018000

Tesco is the destination of a huge amount of the generally banal output of Irish farming. What's the problem?

http://www.politics.ie/forum/economy/184919-nearly-10-all-irish-beef-exports-sold-tesco.html
I don't particularly care if Tesco use Brazilian chicken. But displaying an Irish colour and stating it is produced in Ireland ought to mean something.
 

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Sure this is par for the course with food products. Nothing has any meaning. Look at the comical 'Fruitfield Old Time Irish Marmalade'.
A food product invented in Scotland, made from fruit grown far to the South and manufactured God Knows Where is marketed as if it's a traditionally Irish product like poitin or boxty, with a label showing an 'oul Oirish cottage fireplace. Maybe the label is put on in Ireland :roll:
 

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The cheapest cuts are sold to Tesco. All big supermarkets manipulate food and try and produce it as cheap as possible. If corners ahve to be cut or the wool pulled over people's eyes well then that's the way they'll do it. No one with a brain shops for fresh food in a large chain supermarket.
No true Scotsbrain aside, sometimes life gets in the way of shopping local.
 

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It tasted fine but that was probably because of the various sauces and other ingredients thrown in. Unfortunately, economic necessity has forced me to return to the other side of the country so no longer have access to Ma's turkey
It's nearly time for you to be settling down with a nice partner now rus and basting yer own turkey.;)
 

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No true Scotsbrain aside, sometimes life gets in the way of shopping local.
True but with Tesco it is very much caveat emptor.
 

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Ms. Rus would echo these sentiments.
I'd say Ms. Rus Snr. prolly does as well, most ma's like to see their boys settled down and out of harms way................do keep us posted buddy.petunia
 

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I purchased a ready made Chicken wrap from tesco yesterday for lunch. On the packaging, it stated next to an unmistakable Irish tricolour, that this product was "produced in Ireland". Yearning my interest a little more, I read with intrigue the back of the package which stated that this wrap was produced in Ireland using chicken from Thailand of Brazil.

Now I perfectly understand that in this context, produced in Ireland merely means assembled in Ireland rather than made from scratch. Nor would I expect all the ingredients to have been produced here. We don't have the climate for several of them. But I do take umbrage that Tesco is quite happy to stick a tricolour on the front of this product, when the main ingredient; chicken, is plentiful and accessible in Ireland, but have chose to use South American or Asian chicken instead.

By all means, use Thai or Brazilian chicken if they want to. Just don't put on a tricolour on the packaging. They care about profit margins etc, but don't mislead the public into thinking they are buying Irish and supporting the local economy when instead they are supporting Brazilian and Thai farmers instead. I would also imagine there is a large environmental cost with regard to importing chicken from across the world when we have a plentiful, long established chicken industry here.

As a side issue, has anyone bought red grapes from tesco lately? Each week they seem to come from various places all over the world; USA, Namibia, Morocco, France. What's that about?
I know its easier said than done but if you buy things ready made and you buy in Tesco, you can't really expect to be thrilled with what you get. That said, I take your point about the tricolour.
 

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It would be Anti business to do so and therefore "Socialist".
It's better to allow business play fast and loose with the truth.
 

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The cheapest cuts are sold to Tesco. All big supermarkets manipulate food and try and produce it as cheap as possible. If corners ahve to be cut or the wool pulled over people's eyes well then that's the way they'll do it. No one with a brain shops for fresh food in a large chain supermarket.
GREAT STEAKS

Both Dunnes and Tesco have great steaks,aged for flavour, at reasonable prices. The shrink wrapped product stays fresh longer.
 


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