Food Standards Agency
UNISON has around 1,000 members working for the Food Standards Agency and companies contracting staff to it. The majority are meat inspectors although we also represent official veterinary surgeons, accountants, finance managers and clerical and admin staff.
On 22 May 2013, the Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health (part of the European Commission) meets in Brussels to decide the fate of our British Banger.
UNISON expects the UK Food Standards Agency representative at the meeting, who represents the UK Government, to vote through changes to pig inspection in UK abattoirs which will increase the chance of tumours and abscesses entering the human food chain.
UNISON is campaigning to oppose these changes.
Ex-MHS employees of the Food Standards Agency - URGENT action needed to protect your pensionable pay.
In the wake of the Horsemeat scandal, UNISON has written to the Chair of the Food Standards Agency, and FSA Board Members, to ask for a meeting to discuss the Agency’s on-going policy of de-regulating meat inspection in the UK. Now is not the time to be cutting back on independent meat inspection, which is what protects consumers from contaminated meat. Read more here...
(8/2/12) UNISON has today called for the immediate re-introduction of daily independent inspections of meat cutting premises.