FSA inaction criticised
The UK Food Safety Authority recalled all Irish pork slaughtered after 1 September due to dioxin contamination, early last December. However now critics are saying it didn't act soon enough.
14 August 2009
The UK Food Safety Authority’s response to the Irish pork scare last December has been heavily criticised by some in the food industry. All Irish pork slaughtered after 1 September was recalled due to dioxin contamination, but now retailers, meat producers, and enforcement bodies are condemning the FSA’s “inaction.” Critics say the recall on 6 December was not soon enough.
The FSA commissioned the report which found that three quarters of the meat industry felt the initial response to the Irish pork crisis was “inadequate, ambiguous and/or late.” Had it been more thorough and timelier, they suggest, the recall could have been more effective and assured. The report also found, however, that the FSA’s second information release four days later was much more accurate and resourceful. The recommendation is better staff training for an immediate response to the next food crisis.