Monday, 11 February 2013

It all makes sense now.

I think I've worked out why we're getting donkey meat in our lasagne. Could you imagine trying to organise this lot ?.......

The Food Standards Agency (FSA).....

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But it gets worse. Since 2002 food safety has been an EU competence. So we now have the European Food safety Authority whose job is to set all the rules and regulations for monitoring the meat from slaughter to supermarket. This of course relies on honesty and proper paperwork etc. So that will never work.They recently had a meeting about animal welfare and we were invited to attend along with 100 other 'stakeholders' (sic)

From the meeting..

Nearly 100 participants from EU institutions, Member States, industry and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) met with scientific experts to discuss the identification of indicators and procedures to monitor animal welfare at slaughterhouses. At the meeting on 30 January, EFSA presented its work in this field and facilitated the exchange of information and experience among scientists and stakeholders. EFSA’s Panel on Animal Health and Welfare Panel (AHAW) will consider information gathered at the meeting in preparing four scientific opinions to be published by end of 2013. Yes, what's the rush. it's not as if there's anything wrong with the present procedures.

UK Ministers are powerless to introduce any new food safety measures and will just have to go along with the latest consensus from Brussels. Just the same as with every other piece of legislation or law in the UK.

But expect a lot of nonsense to be spoken in the next few weeks about what the UK is going to do about food safety in the UK. Throwing a smokescreen around the fact that food safety is an EU competence and we'll do what we're told..

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