A delicious and nutritious failure of regulation and accreditation


Horse meat has been on the menu recently – perhaps for much longer than we realise.

Dr Richard North helpfully comments on how this shows the failure of the EU regulatory regime.  Click through and read the posts in his blog.

The EU has created a single market in crime that relies on certification.  Despite the genocidal criminality permitted to the banksters, no financial auditor can be found crooked enough to sign off the EU’s spending. For workers in the less political classes accreditation certificates will provide the necessary window dressing of quality and probity.

It works like this.  Governments grant non-competition agreements to the quality cartel inspection bodies such as UKAS and CPA.  This secures for them national territorial monopolies that protects the cartel by preventing price competition. The inspection bodies then parasitise productive industries with expensive and petty ISO demands.  They issue the accreditation certificates that supposedly prove everything is OK.  And everything they inspected is OK because they audit only compliance with the ISO management standards.  Such standards are not appropriate for things that aren’t manufactured.  Assessors can only audit a very small sample – that’s why you have to do their jobs for them in a programme of Internal Audits.  Which also is a pretty small sample.  Maybe you could be doing better things – like audits that lead to genuine improvement instead of assuring compliance, or having coffee.

Accreditation is important because it helps to justify the fictions that are needed to maintain the EU Single Market.  Without it working life would improve immensely because people could get back to their real jobs instead of being inspectors’ spies and victims.  They could stop worrying about the paperwork that enables UKAS inspections of compliance and just do their jobs professionally.   But most people take the cartel’s marketing spin at face value.

How many of these companies, labs, regulatory agencies and others were obliged to have ISO management accreditation – and food industry accreditation schemes based on similar principles?  We look forward to Dr North educating his readers further on the worthlessness of the ISO 17025 lab accreditation scam forced on the EU’s Official Control Laboratories (OCLs) and others.  The quality cartel should not escape scrutiny in this high-profile demonstration of the failures of both EU regulation and ISO 9000-derived accreditation.

The uninitiated who want to look beyond earlier posts in this blog towards primary sources can click through the Accreditation Cartel Members section in the sidebar to the right.  European co-operation for Accrediation, ILAC and UKAS are all good places to start.

INAB is the inspection body in ROI where the horsemeat was first discovered.  Was this discovery made because ROI had been very well endowed with OCLs during its EU boom years? More developed assays? Simply by chance? Or are there other connections to be made?  Why were other countries not doing routine speciation checks?

Scandals like the horse meat trade are lovely because they show everyone that food laboratory accreditation and EU regulations do not work.

UKAS will say this is outside the scope of what they do and very conveniently they’re right.  The fact that they won’t be sue over this is further demonstration of the absence of value from accreditation.  It can only survive when forced on labs by legislation or the marketplace coercion written into the ISO standards.

Horsemeat scandal: criminal negligence

Richard North, 08/02/2013

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With the latest developments, the FSA reports that it has “already involved the police, both here and in Europe”.

That is an explicit admission that imported meat is involved – which we already know, because produce of Irish and Polish origin has already been mentioned in media reports.

What is not mentioned is the elephant in the room – the EU. The whole of the meat chain, from farm to store, is regulated by EU law, with meat and meat products subject to a stringent and expensive regulatory regime which replaced the British system.

But what also goes with the territory are the Single Market rules. Produce from an EEA member, with paperwork that conforms with EU requirements, cannot be checked at port of entry.

Neither, without firm evidence of a problem, are we allowed to check imported meat at the point of sale (or at any point in between, during processing and distribution) on a scale greater than we do meat of domestic origin. This is prohibited under EU law, as discrimination on the ground of nationality.

Therefore, our system is entirely dependent on the good faith and efficiency of EU member states in policing food standards, to make sure that what is in the boxes is what is on the EU-regulated label.

Of course, the system does not work, and will never work without the back-up of routine regulatory spot-checks, with special emphasis on imported goods, which are most likely to be substandard. That deterrent effect is lacking in the current system – the crooks know there will never be any checks until it is too late.

But, not only are we not allowed to do this, we are not allowed to know that we are not allowed to do this. The FSA is utterly silent on the root cause of the problem. But this, as with the breast implants, and the hip-joint replacements, is another good example of an EU regulatory failure.

But if we are never told of it, how will we ever know? The criminal negligence here is in a criminally inadequate regulatory system, one imposed for political expediency rather than efficacy.

What will be the solution?  More regulation plus more accreditation, probably.  That’s the nature of the eurocrats’ system we accept every day.  Time to stop it.

Time to stop laughing at the horse jokes and laugh at the accreditation regime that helped to deliver the horsemeat to us.

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