GODFREY Bloom, local UKIP MEP has suggested that Environment Secretary Owen Patterson is playing games with the health of UK citizens.
“I think it is disengenuous of Owen Patterson to suggest that we cannot ban the importation of frozen foods and horsemeat until we know the supply chain logistics, provenance of the meat and whether there is a risk to UK health is established.
“This meat can be sourced in Luxembourg, via a buyer supply side chain that can then go through France, Romania, via Sweden and then to the end user in the UK,” he said.
“If the public knew that the meat they were eating had travelled that far they wouldn’t eat it, let alone not knowing the provenance of the meat.
“Perhaps Mr Patterson, a supposedly well-known Tory Eurosceptic, is playing games with the UK’s health for his own agenda? Either that or he is as incompetent as he sounds.”
Mr Bloom pointed out that it was because of EU rules and regulations that 1,000 slaughterhouses in Britain were closed more than a decade ago which has made it much harder for shoppers to source local meat.
“This current fiasco just shows how we would all be better off healthwise if we shopped at local butchers and if supermarkets sourced their meats locally,” he said.
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