Stop scare­mon­ger­ing over food stan­dards

The Galloway News - - Galloway View - Ian McMickan Dal­beat­tie

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 .

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