26 February 2014
A recent report in the Daily Telegraph by Duncan McNair looks back to the horsemeat scandal of last year and asks – has anything changed?
“A year on, the only ongoing action by government is the Elliott review. Commenting on the interim report last month, Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, claimed ‘there are good systems in place to ensure UK consumers have access to some of the safest food in the world’ and that ‘the UK food industry already has robust procedures to ensure they deliver high quality food to consumers’.
“This endorsement sits uneasily with the litany of failures of our regulatory system in recent years, among them salmonella in eggs, then BSE, foot and mouth disease, unlawful antibiotics in meat and honey, chemical contaminants in fish, and now the horrors for both man and beast of the horsemeat fiasco with its daily new revelations.”