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Horse found in Queen's Park Farmers Market

PUBLISHED: 12:45 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:27 18 February 2013

A protest against the horse meat scandal took place at Queen's Park Farmers Market (Pic credt: Jan Nevill)

A protest against the horse meat scandal took place at Queen's Park Farmers Market (Pic credt: Jan Nevill)

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Equine invasion took place to campign in favour of honest food labelling

It’s turned up in burgers, ready meals and in pub grub but one place you won’t find horse meat is in a popular farmers market in the borough.

A stall holder playfully grappled with a horse yesterday at Queen’s Park Farmers Market in Salusbury Road, as part of a publicity campaign in light of the food scandal that has rocked the nation.

Supermarkets across the country have cleared their shelves of hundreds and thousands of food products after they were found to contain horse meat.

Cheryl Cohen from London Farmers Markets, who organised the event, said the revelation proves that farmers markets are more trustworthy.

She said: “Supermarkets sole focus on price forces processors to cut corners. Their argument is that this is not a food safety issue but one of labelling! Food labelling should be an honest reflection of the product, not a way of confusing the consumer, or a lie.

“Our customers trust our farmers and our markets. They buy from our farmers because they trust that the food they bring is sustainable and has a short supply chain. If something is labelled beef, it’s beef. We have a clear line of traceability.

“There is no such thing as cheap food. It comes at a cost. Everyone should have access to food that is honest, decent & good value; a fair price for a trustworthy product.

“Say nay to supermarkets and source from farmers markets and farm shops.”

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