Better controls needed in food chain
Glyn Calow's letter ("A most annoying correspondent", Mailbox, March 8) criticised your correspondent Elizabeth Allison.
However, she may have done people a favour by writing of her concerns on meat eating, as only a few days ago it was reported eating processed meat, such as bacon, can cause a cancer risk.
A top analyst is concerned the horse meat many people have unknowingly eaten may have been given veterinary drugs which are harmful to humans. One painkiller given to horses – phenylbutazone – can cause aplastic anaemia (bone marrow destruction) in humans.
This is a serious breach of the standards which are supposed to control what goes into our food.
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After the BSE disaster, the source of our food was supposed to be traceable. The Food Standards Agency in UK didn't even find the latest problem – the Irish authorities did.
Animals processed by unscrupulous criminals may be diseased or already dead. There is no effective processed meat traceability across the EU.
It is worrying the Government says it will only test for horse meat in food, not for other species.
As the meat industry seems to be partly run by criminal gangs, they won't mind putting rat or dog into our food! We need a food watchdog that puts the interests of consumers first, not the food industry.
A Wills, Ruislip, Middx.