Environment secretary’s claim that directive on tagging prevented UK from capitalising on Chinese demand dismissed

Michael Gove has been accused of making a pig’s ear of his explanation of EU animal rules, after farmers dismissed his claims that Brussels was stopping them bringing home the bacon.

Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative party conference earlier this week, the environment secretary said Britain had been unable to capitalise on Chinese demand for the “delicacy” of pigs’ ears because of EU rules on piercings.

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