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MEP: Cutbacks to slaughterhouse checks are not on
7:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
THE Labour MEP for the East of England has criticised the Government after a vote was passed to cut back health checks in slaughter houses.
Richard Howitt says inspections of pig carcasses will now not be as stringent and inspectors will be restricted to visual-only checks.
Mr Howitt claims it is inevitable diseased pork and bacon will find its way on to our dinner plates.
He said: “Critical pig inspections in local slaughter houses will now be crucially undermined, threatening the reputation of locally-reared meat.
“I am very angry Conservative MEPs have followed their own Government to drive this through.
“How quickly they have forgotten the lessons of the BSE, e-coli and horse meat crises.
“It will take another scandal before this decision is reversed.
“The evidence shows cancers and tuberculosis, lesions and tumours will now find their way in to our pork and bacon.
“There is no public appetite for this to happen.”
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