UK: Processed meat may not be safe, says EC report
Processed meat products made in Britain might not be fit to eat, according to a new report by the European Commission's food and veterinary inspectors. The report, based on an inspection conducted in January, condemned the overall standards of the processed meat industry as giving "rise to serious concern." It blames on-site controllers for "weak or even non-existent" checks on the eligibility of raw materials with insufficient paperwork and questioned the reliability of schemes established to ensure traceability. "The lists of suppliers were in several cases found to be incomplete, not up to date, or to contain wrong information regarding approvals. The failure of controls over incoming raw materials in several premises visited indicated that the operation of fully effective traceability systems could not be guaranteed," the report concluded.
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