Click through and read what Leo McKinstry has written of the ongoing horse meat crime scandal: What’s the point of a food safety quango that couldn’t save us from eating stallion burgers?
A reader’s comment explains how the Food Standards Agency is a Blair creation to divert a diarrhoeal torrent of EU regulations around the Civil Service.
McKinstry almost tells readers that this is the organisation charged with ensuring that British public health (microbiology) and public analyst (chemistry) labs complied with the EU regulation requiring accreditation by UKAS. Like the accreditation cartel itself, the FSA grandiously pretends to be accountable through other forms of bureaucracy but is not subject to the same ISO-compliance nitpicking as those who are inspected by it. Just like the banksters. Just like the governments themselves.
If accreditation really makes labs better, why could it not improve the financial industry and the government industry?
McKinstry reveals the revolving doors between the impartial and robust FSA and the food industry:
“…one of the bitter ironies of the horse-meat scandal is that Dr Tim Smith, the group technical director of Tesco, who has been regularly on the airwaves defending his company after its meat products were found to contain horse meat, was until last October the £205,000-a-year chief executive of the Food Standards Agency.
“Nor can the FSA claim to be divorced from politics. The chairman of its board is none other than Lord Rooker, former Labour MP and Agriculture Minister Jeff Rooker, who is paid £50,000 a year for his two day-a-week role.
“That goes to the heart of the problem, for both our food regulation and our food chain are now effectively dominated by European interests. The FSA, woven into the fabric of Europeanised, politically correct officialdom, has been utterly hopeless in standing up for our national interests.
“This is the pattern with so many of our overpriced, box-ticking quangos. The Care Quality Commission has dismally failed to prevent the abuse of the elderly. The Financial Services Authority helped to fuel the catastrophic credit crunch.