There are growing calls for the Food Standards Agency’s powers to be strengthened to avoid a repeat of the horsemeat scandal. Labour attributes the FSA’s inability to either pre-empt the problem, or to get a grip on it when it happened, to Tory cuts in 2010. These, it says, left the agency hopelessly weakened.
It’s an initially attractive argument. Bolster the FSA, carry out a few more tests here, tighten labelling there, and we can all go back to eating our processed meat products with relish. But it’s naive. The truth is that the FSA, set up by Labour as the nation’s food safety watchdog after BSE and other food scares, was useless from its very inception.… Seguir leyendo »