This summer our newspapers have been full of stories about healthy bread, sausages and the risk of sugary drinks, to name but a few.
While healthy eating is important, we ought to take a closer look at what’s happening earlier in the food chain.
Plans from the EU, backed by the UK government, are set to weaken meat inspection, opening the door to diseased animals getting into the food chain. As one meat hygiene inspector put it, in a stomach-churning warning: “If you stop looking for it, you stop finding it and you start eating it.”
Currently, symptoms of disease or ill-health in animals, killed for food, are prevented from entering the food chain by meat inspectors, independent of the meat producers. They stop cysts, abscesses and tumours from being processed into food for sale by cutting open animals. If the changes are not stopped by MEPs, the only checks in future will be visual.
Read full article at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/food-safety-must-come-ahead-of-profit-1-3048451