The UK Food Standards Agency has today launched an action plan comprising strict regulations to prevent unfit poultry entering the human food chain. The last year has seen a number of well-publicised cases where unfit meat has been sold for processing in food products destined for human consumption. Seven people were convicted in Hull last year of conspiracy to defraud by selling pet food meat not passed for human consumption. The case involved more than 1,000 tonnes of poultry by-products. In March 2001, a joint investigation by Amber Valley Council, the police and the FSA led to the seizure of 20 tonnes of unfit poultry meat.