MPs to quiz health dept over DSM

MPs are continuing their investigation on the EU moratorium on desinewed meat (DSM) and will meet this afternoon to quiz members from the Department of Health.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee will question Anne Milton, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, Dr Felicity Harvey, director general for Public Health and FSA chief executive Tim Smith.

Last month, EFRA criticised the FSA (15 May) for “rolling over and having its tummy tickled” by the European Commission, rather than looking out for the interests of UK consumers or businesses.

Agriculture minister Jim Paice has already promised to fight the meat industry’s corner on DSM. He told the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) conference last month (24 May) that he was astonished by the Commission’s approach and the speed of its decision, as well as the fact that it did not seem to have taken into account the effect on the market before making its decision.

He said that the decision to extend the ban to pork and poultry DSM was completely out of proportion to any sense of risk, and promised that the government would pursue the issue with the European Commission “as hard as we possibly can”.

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