Former Welsh Secretary suggests supermarkets are ‘disguising’ EU food
A former Welsh Secretary has suggested that supermarkets are disguising food from the EU.
John Redwood, the Tory MP for Wokingham in Berkshire, claimed that they have a “keen enthusiasm to display the Union flag”, but a “marked reluctance to celebrate” food from the continent with an EU flag.
He argued that this “implies” that they “think there are plenty of people who want to buy UK food”, but that they want to “disguise” from the European Union.
On his blog, he said: “I notice in my local supermarkets a keen enthusiasm to display the Union flag on many foods the retailer can claim are home grown.
“There is a marked reluctance to celebrate the EU origins of continental food with an EU flag, or even to put a Dutch flag on the salad items and a Spanish flag on the vegetables that come from there.
“This makes it a bit more difficult for home grown food enthusiasts to spot the import. It implies the supermarkets think there are plenty of people who want to buy UK food, but not enough who will insist on EU food so they seek to disguise it.”