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Richard: that’s nearly as bad as the story I was told as a kid – that Saddlebacks produced black pudding for the most part, with the white belt being the pink sausage…. It was years before I understood!

On a serious note: we nearly ran into trouble on the coloured pigs business at one of the Glasgow abattoirs. One of the vets kept turning LBs and BKs back for skinning on the grounds that pigment in the skin was “dirt.” Happily the problem seems to have gone away, but for a short while I had SEERAD and BPA lining up to lift the cudgels against colour discrimination. I suppose the butcher purchasing the carcase must be allowed personal preference, but it really is absolutely ridiculous . . . .