Public can trust meat bought from Scunthorpe Market say butchers
BUTCHERS are assuring customers they can trust meat bought at Scunthorpe Market, as the horsemeat scandal deepens.
The scandal has seen several products withdrawn from sale at major stores after tests found they could contain horsemeat.
But it has led to butchers at Scunthorpe market reporting increased trade.
Mark Bradbury, manager of Clive Smith Butchers on the market, said: "It is very important we fight back and give confidence back to the customer.
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"We are getting asked a lot of questions regarding horsemeat in sausages, mince and burgers. We are telling them it won't happen in Lincolnshire."
Now, in a bid to further boost sales and awareness, traders have organised a sausage-making contest to show off the quality of local meat.
All six of the market's butchers will give away sausage samples on Saturday, February 23. The samples will be numbered one to six and customers will vote for their favourite in the categories of Lincolnshire sausage and new varieties.
"The competition is a way of showing people that everything is OK," said Mr Bradbury. "We trust all of our local suppliers and you can trust us as your local butchers."
Keith Jones, manager of Angelo's Meats on the market, said he had seen an increase in trade since the scandal began.
He said: "We have seen more people coming in over the last couple of weeks.
"The reason people are coming in is because they know it is English beef, pork and everything else."
Naomi Banks, a butchers' assistant at Bacon Charlie's, said she had noticed a similar trend.
She said: "We have had more customers coming in because they can trust us."
Andrew Redhead, manager of David Jenkins Meats, said: "Everybody is talking about it but it is not harming us.
"I would ask people to buy from their local butcher and come and ask us for advice."
The sausage-making competition will run from 9am to 3pm, with the winner to be declared around 3.30pm.
It has been organised by Simon Stanley, on behalf of the market traders.
Mr Stanley said: "With the meat crisis being as it is, the six butchers at the market are always talking about how good their sausages are.
"The traders have organised a sausage-making competition and it is going to be voted on by the public."
The event will also raise money for a charity, which will be decided by a vote among traders.
A donation box will be available for customers on the day.