WORRIED residents have been flocking to butchers in and around Stafford and Stone in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.
Trade has been up at a number of butcher’s shops as people shun the supermarkets in favour of small independent traders who can guarantee their meat products.
The scare began last month when horse meat was discovered in some burgers stocked by a number of supermarket chains. Horse meat has also been found in branded and supermarket ready meals.
Robert Hindle, from A Hindle & Son in Bridle Road, Stafford, told the Newsletter: “The crisis has brought a lot more people back into our shop, who are saying that they have lost confidence in supermarkets.
“People want to know they are getting 100 per cent beef, which they know they will get here.”
Barry Brown, who runs Beez Family Butchers in Greyfriars, said: “Our sales have certainly increased.
"We have put up a sign in the window telling people that they will know what they are buying from us is exactly what it says.
“We make our own burgers and they are 100 per cent beef.” Stefan Rise, from Stone Country Butchers in Stone, said the shop had been busier.
“It’s to be expected really. I don’t think people are necessarily worried over eating horsemeat, they are upset by the fraud.”
Lee Russell, who runs Russells Family Butchers in Penkridge with partner Ray Quarry, added: “We have had a lot more new faces coming in. Horsemeat has been the main topic of conversation.”