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Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 14 11:45 pm    Post subject: Tesco chicken...  Reply with quote    

I was in Tesco today and on their knock down shelf I found some chicken. I was tempted, 'cos I wanted something for dinner, but knowing what we know about Tesco chicken I put it back...
But then I remembered that they are supposed to be reforming, so I had a closer look at the label. It said:
For more information about our strict welfare and quality standards visit www.tesco.com/realfood
So I did, and it took a bit of searching to find their poultry page: http://www.tescoplc.com/assets/files/cms/Food_news_results/Agri_content/Chicken_welfare_standards.pdf
I noticed a few things that it didn't say... perhaps it is good enough if you trust the Red Tractor, but I don't.
What do you all think?

Rob R



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 14 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It depends what your standards are. I try to avoid chicken as much as possible. I wouldn't buy it from Tesco though.

pollyanna



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 14 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I won't buy any meat from Tesco.

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 14 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

me neither.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 14 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
It depends what your standards are.

I've got some top notch meat in the freezer, but I wasn't expecting to still be home yesterday, so I didn't defrost any. I was just after some convenient fuel.
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I try to avoid chicken as much as possible.

Shouldn't be too hard for you.
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I wouldn't buy it from Tesco though.

Is that not ever, or is it because of their current welfare standards?

Rob R



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 14 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:
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I wouldn't buy it from Tesco though.

Is that not ever, or is it because of their current welfare standards?


A bit of both. And the source of feed. The welfare 'standards' aren't really that much different between 'farms', it's all much of a muchness, although I'd aim for free range or organic if I had to, based on the welfare standards.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 14 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What's the source of feed?

Rob R



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 14 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:
What's the source of feed?


Exactly!

pollyanna



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 14 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

For me it's partly their behaviour in the slaughter process, what they do with the meat after slaughter, the way they treat their suppliers, the disrespect they display in the prices they sell meat such as chickens for.............. Shall I go on?

No, I don't ever buy Tesco meat, however pressed for time I am.

earthyvirgo



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 14 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Since Tesco opened an 'Extra' in our little town (large village really), I've not set foot in any of their stores. Over two years now, and I have no intention of going back.

I know the rest of the big boys are just as bad but it was the last thing Bethesda needed. We have a perfectly decent Spar and Londis.

The Tesco opens 6am - 11pm, outdoing both of the small guys by an hour in the morning and evening. That's not fair competition.

EV

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 14 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't go into Tesco if i have any alternative choice.

Judging by their share of the market though I probably eat quiite a bit thats come via them at other people's houses (not that I get out a lot).

I know plenty of people who shop entirely on price and think nothing of it (except they think I'm daft for paying more).

Castle Farm



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 14 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I find it odd that people refuse to buy chickens from Tesco and yet feed their own birds on pellets.

So your feeding the same chemically enhanced feed to produce eggs and meat that you eat.

The reason birds are kept 'commercially' is because the millions of other people living in the UK want cheap poultry.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 14 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Has anybody here actually looked at their welfare statement?
They are one of the most important organisations in the country and they are supposed to be trying to change for the better.
If everybody ignores the efforts they do make, then what is the point in their trying?

pollyanna



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 14 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do they have a 'welfare of our suppliers and workers in our slaughterhouses' bit on their website?

I think they have plenty enough customers without my buying their meat and eggs, and I would rather support my local butcher who sources all his meat himself and the local free-range eggs from the farm down the road.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 14 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Castle Farm wrote:
I find it odd that people refuse to buy chickens from Tesco and yet feed their own birds on pellets.

So your feeding the same chemically enhanced feed to produce eggs and meat that you eat.

The reason birds are kept 'commercially' is because the millions of other people living in the UK want cheap poultry.


As I'm the only person to have mentioned feed it really isn't that odd, as I don't feed pellets to chickens. However, for most people the feed is probably the least of their worries. Birds that are kept their whole indoors in buildings containing tens of thousands of birds, a significant proportion of which will be culled (or not) for going off their legs, probably has a greater influence.

The catching gangs used are an 'interesting' bunch of people, I doubt many of them have any experience of livestock before or after doing this job. They may well do it 'efficienctly', depending upon their pay structure, but it is another area of concern.

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