The UK's Food Standards Agency has accused the meat industry of obstructing its BSE inquiry. Whether the accusations are justified or not, they are bad news for the UK meat industry, which has already seen public trust levels plummet. Companies in the sector must now do all they can to co-operate with such inquiries - and to be seen to co-operate. Even if this could involve some unpleasant revelations, a cover-up would be far more damaging.