From Farming Today Feb 19th 2007"...Nick Thorpe..... has been tracing the complicated journeys of turkeys between Hungary and Suffolk He's spoken to the head of the Hungarian Poultry Board
"He says that clearly there has been lax behaviour by somebody somewhere. His main point is that it's too early in fact to point the finger of blame at Hungary. His reasoning for that was the following: that in this globalised meat trade there is an enormous quantity of meat and animal carcasses travelling in different directions. In the recent period he told me that while 40 tons of turkey meat had been exported to Britain, 140 tons of turkey meat had been exported I understand that's actually from the Bernard Matthews plant back from Britain to Hungary.
The explanation of that is that, for the British market the turkey breasts are the most important - this is what the British want to eat, so what happens is the hatching eggs are sent from britain to Hungary. In Hungary those turkey chicks are fattened up because their feed is cheaper, then they're slaughtered in Hungary either at the Bernard Matthews plant in Western Hungary or in Kecskemet (see here) in Central Hungary and then the slaughtered turkeys are sent back to Britain. There, the breasts are extracted, for example at the Bernard Matthews plant in Suffolk ad then all the other parts of the turkeys are sent back to Hungary and turned into sausages, effectively ground up into sausages, this is the poorer quality turkey meat as the head of the Hungarian Poultry Board described it, and those are sold on the domestic market in Hungary and perhaps elsewhere in Eastern Europe and sold as turkey sausages. So this is basically an enormous trade with the bits of turkey the bits of the animals travelling back and forth between Britain and Hungary...."
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