What’s the point of a food safety quango that couldn’t save us from eating stallion burgers?


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:

“Only this week, Dr Mark Woolfe, the former head of food authenticity at the FSA, criticised the agency for abandoning tests that would have identified the meat contamination.

“The tests were dropped, he argued, after pressure from retailers who objected to be ‘named and shamed’. So much for the FSA’s self-proclaimed rigour and independence.

“If the FSA cannot even perform its most basic functions, what on Earth is the point of its existence?

“The agency was established by the Blair government in the year 2000, following the salmonella and BSE disasters of the previous decades.”

 “…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.

“And before he took up that lucrative post, he was head of Arla Foods, one of the country’s biggest suppliers of dairy products to the supermarkets.

“On his appointment to Tesco last year, Smith said that his new employer and the FSA ‘share the principle of doing the right thing by consumers’. How laughable those words now seem.

“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.

“Instead of concentrating on its core functions, the agency has succumbed to endless navel-gazing and politically correct ideology.”

“…There was no mention of how the British regulator might stop horse meat ending up in minced beef.

“But there was one insight in this otherwise mind-numbing publication. The magazine confessed that ‘virtually all of the food safety rules applied in the UK originate in Europe’.

“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.

“And now we can see that the Food Standards Agency has done virtually nothing to safeguard the British food chain.” (emphasis added.)

But for an interesting connection between the financial and the food industry you’ll have to watch the latest discussion between Max and Stacy:

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the honkey infestation causing an inflationary vortex, and how the Dutch sandwich is the financial equivalent of a horsemeat burger. And how the FSAs – the Financial Services Authority and the Food Standards Agency – operate with a similar cover-up mentality. In the second half of the show, Max talks to anthropologist David Graeber, author of 'Debt: The First 5000 Years,' about how the dollar, a war-backed currency, is being displaced by gold, and about who killed Aaron Swartz and why.

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