NEW LABOUR risks a fresh epidemic of food poisoning and BSE if it goes ahead with plans to axe official inspections in abattoirs. The recommendations come from a body set up by Nick Brown's Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. It suggests slaughterhouse bosses, not independent inspectors, should have greater responsibility in checking hygiene standards.
Meat industry bosses have been lobbying hard for just these changes. Incredibly, the former head of Buxted Poultry, Robin Pooley, chairs the government 'red tape' working party which will now consider the recommendations.