http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/foodsafety/ Much of the fresh meat here in the Uk at present is checked by Meat Hygiene Inspectors of the Meat Hygiene Service, they in turn a part of the Food Standards Agency. However, here in the Uk as we speak, the NHS are trying to turn over the inspection to Private Contractors and at the lost available price to the government. This was tried in both the USA and Australia and was forced back into the Public Sector, when it was found that the standards of those working with the food production, did not come up to the same standards set by the FSA (government). This scheme is to be trialed initially in Lincolnshire and East Anglia, with private contactors been given the chance to bid, albeit after freeby party's given by some to GREASE certian palms! Part of the problem is this new system will be overseen by many Vets from overseas, some who find it difficult to communicate, or understand BRITISH vaules, as well as the Food Laws. Again WE here in the UK are the ONLY ones in the EU that are intending on the use of private contactors, so why just here in the UK? Or is the UK trialing it before it goes EU wide? However, with both the States and Aus going back to Public Sector inspection, why do those here in the UK belive it will work here? And for those out there, why are Unison let it happen, by rolling over on thier members and letting their bellies be ticked? Another good reason to go Veggie?