Sir; Food from Britain is well advised to push Whitehall for cash to help boost our exports now that international consumers are shying away from UK food. And it's also well advised to try to get hard promises of that money before the General Election. For you don't need to be a political analyst to suspect that once Blair and his team regain power ­ albeit probably with a reduced majority ­ they will turn to other things and push the plight of our exporters down their list of priorities. Having just returned from the US and experienced at first hand Uncle Sam's fear of British food I believe the shippers could be facing a hell of a task. In Boston I was asked by a head waiter if I still dared to eat British meat. In Philadelphia my hotel manager told me he had cancelled a UK holiday for fear of catching foot and mouth disease. F Barrowford Nottingham {{LETTERS }}