The Food Standards Agency plays a vital part in keeping our food secure and safe, and provides essential inspections of food preparation environments in the interests of consumers.
I’ve been contacted by campaigners from Unison’s FoodWholesome campaign, opposing the government’s plans to privatise the inspection of slaughterhouses. The public opposes this, with 79% saying no to the plans in a ComRes poll from December.
The change would mean less skilled, privately employed contractors being used to inspect meat instead of it being the direct responsibility of the FSA.
Unsafe meat has cost lives in the past and remains a major health problem.
Investigations have exposed poor animal welfare standards in many abattoirs which haven’t been inspected, and major hygiene failings were found in over a quarter of those recently audited.
Weakening the inspection process for meat could expose consumers to a number of potential illnesses, such as salmonella, E-coli and campylobacter. I’ll be opposing these changes, and I’m happy to support this campaign. If you’d like to find out more, you can find out more at Unison’s Meat Matters campaign.