FSA plans to publish bullying allegations

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed that it is planning to publish the details of alleged incidents of bullying and harassment at meat plants in the UK.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: “The FSA has received a request under the Freedom of Information Act, asking for details of reported incidents of alleged bullying and harassment at meat plants. The FSA intends to publish information in response to this request within the next couple of weeks.”

The move has caused outrage among industry chiefs, who are taking legal action to prevent the FSA from going ahead with the publication. Norman Bagley, director of the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers, said: “The FSA has indicated an intention to publish allegations made against some AIMS members, which were both untrue and unverified. So a challenge has been brought to the FSA’s publication [of these incidents] until such time as the allegations can be proved to be true, given the personal damage that could be done to the reputation of those individuals against whom the allegations were made, as well as the commercial damage that might be done to the organisations in which they work if such allegations were put in the public domain.”

The FSA recently announced that its chief executive Tim Smith, who has been at the helm for four years, will leave his role at the end of October 2012.

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