Dear Dr Woolfe,
I have been wondering why the FSA has not informed the UK population that it is safe to eat meat that has been vaccinated against the FMDv - it had ample opportunity during the last 21 months, but has been strangely mute on the subject.
I am now extremely disappointed to find there is no mention of Foot and Mouth Disease (as it relates to meat consumption) in your 2002 Annual Report, and the failure of the FSA stepping in to safeguard the UK beef industry with some sort of authoritative guidance on eating meat that has been vaccinated against FMDv - despite the lofty promise, "The Agency is committed to ensuring that consumers are given clear, easily understood information they want and need in order to help them make informed choices about the food they buy".
Why have you not done this ?
I have extracted parts of your policy statements, as they concern the public, and in my view they prove you have failed to implement the said policy.
Would you care to offer an explanation or a passing thought about the safety of eating meat, say from Uruguay, whilst the world - if not the UK - is still reeling from FMD outbreaks ?
Kindest regards,
Captain Bryn Wayt
East Sussex
TN21 0TU

01435 864937
Ref : FSA - Research and Survey Programmes Annual Report 2002

Q01/Q02 – Food authenticity and labelling: Research (Q01) and Surveys (Q02)

The description of a food encompasses much of the information that is given to the consumer as to its nature, its origin, what processes have been used in its production or manufacture, and how much of its ingredients are present.

Objectives of Q02

To choose and prioritise the issues to investigate. This takes into account consumer concerns, policy issues which are to the fore nationally, in Europe or internationally. Prioritisation takes place in the Agency’s Working Party on Food Authenticity (WPFA), the members of which include consumer, enforcement and industry representation, who also suggest issues of importance.