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Save our baconPosted at 12:02PM, 14 November 2008 by Graham Holliday - Blogger
Looks like Jamie's angry again, but he's not ticking off the local headmistress over Turkey Twizzlers and chips or battery farmed chickens. This time around it's bacon. The celebrity chef is set to go to war against cheap imports of pork in a new Channel 4 show called Jamie Saves Our Bacon. British farmers are hard hit by the cheap imports and it's the standards Jamie is concerned about,
"Seventy per cent of the pork we import is from countries with lower welfare standards than ours and would have been illegal to produce here."
This battle for bacon is no new fad. Just last week Gordon Brown stepped up to defend the British rasher when he said "we all know British bacon is best". We've also had the serious sounding British Bacon Education Week, along with the celebrity chef Save our Bacon campaign instigated by the unlikely sounding British Pig Executive and backed by Waitrose in February this year.
Regardless of cheap imports, the lesson is pretty simple; look at the packaging. If your bacon comes from Britain, it will say so on the packet. However, just because you buy British doesn't mean you won't suffer the scourge of "white scum".
More often than not, it's so pumped full of water you're left with this unsightly wan egg white scum
This is my biggest beef with bacon wherever it comes from. More often than not, it's so pumped full of water you're left with this unsightly wan egg white scum sitting atop your slice of smoked back supermarket best. Four years ago I did a whistle stop breakfast tour of Scottish B&Bs and found the scum surfacing at all but one of the tables. Unfortunately, the one scumless spot closed soon after.
So, with farmers under threat, scum circulating the supermarkets, quality at a premium and more difficult to find than ever before, where exactly do you buy your British bacon? And no scum please...