The meat industry has written to Theresa May following a tweet from the food standards agency encouraging people to eat less meat
Meat industry chiefs have written to Prime Minister Theresa May to complain about the Food Standards Agency (FSA) following anger over a tweet supporting ’meat free week’.
A joint letter was sent from British Meat Processors Association, National Federation of Meat and Food Traders, National Sheep Association, Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) and British Poultry Council stating their concern the FSA was ‘showing unwarranted bias against our sector that crosses the line of impartiality we expect of our regulators.’
They said they were worried ’personal and political interests are threatening consistent regulatory efforts’ and asked Mrs May to ’help restore the agency’s impartiality.’
The tweet, which has since been deleted, said:
The letter said it was the FSA’s ‘latest foray’ into a political agenda.
"We need our regulators to be unbiased and firm in enforcing the law, to challenge us to improve and refine practices, and to help change laws that have become outdated or have been overtaken by science and technology."
The FSA later removed the tweet. It said "On this occasion the wording of the tweet was not appropriate and did not properly reflect our position, so we have removed the message."
"We continue to support government advice on healthy eating and a balanced diet. NHS Choices advise that people who eat a lot of red and processed meat a day, more than 90g cooked weight, cut down to 70g."