Sir: With contaminated meat barely out of the headlines at the moment, government plans to give food operators more responsibility for food safety and to downgrade the role of the FSA to one of verification rather than inspection look doomed.

It is almost inconceivable that no new regulatory action will take place. It’s our view that changes, when they come, will radically tighten operations, particularly for the mechanically deboned meat (MDM) producers, and usher in a considerably harsher regulatory regime. This would focus on tightening rules around traceability to ensure documentation for all MDM carcase inputs is stringently observed.

Producers that operate to a high standard should not fear too much disruption and let’s not forget that it is consumer confidence in producers’ standards that lies at the heart of a healthy market.

Peter Bennett, partner, Roythornes LLP