Stop scaremongering over food standards
Sir - The letter from Brian Henderson published in the Galloway News recently, in which he infers that we are all about to be forced to eat sub-standard food, cannot go unchallenged.
He makes no mention of the guardian of our dinner plates which is, of course, Food Standards Scotland. This Government agency came into effect in 2015 and it is empowered to monitor all aspects of the food chain including food safety, labelling and food standards.
It was established to ensure the food we eat is safe and is what it says it is on the label.
He mentions “Tennessee bleached chicken” as if it is about to become compulsory for us to only have available what some people call “chlorinated chicken”.
Mr Henderson fails to remind us that Scottish Water have been putting chlorine in our water supply for decades and that it is compulsory for us to pay for it through our water rates.
There are many amendments pending the 2020 Agriculture Bill and the debates are still ongoing, so would it not be better to wait and see what the final outcome of this and the agreements made for the long term future and security of our food supply are, before we get caught up in unrealistic scare mongering .