M&S – good decision (badly worded)

By Lord Mountbatten (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Lord Mountbatten (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
M&S decided last year not to sell grouse because it could not be assured of the sustainability of its sources of game meat.

This year, M&S found an excuse to continue that position because it was a poor year for grouse supplies.

With the findings of the Lead Ammunition Group now published it would be good to hear from M&S how they intend to inform their customers of the health risks of the lead content of game meat that they sell in their stores and whether they still intend to sell game meat shot with lead ammunition from October. Here is one quote from the findings of the Lead Ammunition Group:

Lead shot and bullet fragments can be present in game meat at levels sufficient to cause significant health risks to children and adult consumers, depending on the amount of game they consume.

Does M&S still plan to sell game meat contaminated with high lead levels from October this year?  Why did M&S not put in place plans to source its game meat from suppliers who could guarantee they used non-toxic shot ahead of this season?

Another quote from the findings of the Lead Ammunition Group:
There is currently no evidence to suggest that the will, funding or resources exist, or are being planned, to develop measures that will ensure that game and venison containing lead levels above those permissible for red meat and poultry do not enter public markets as food.
This includes you, M&S. You have not shown the will to ensure that the game and venison sold in your stores does not contain lead levels above those permissable for red meat and poultry.  What do you plan to do now?
For small game, no proposals have been made to the Group for any measure, short of lead shot replacement, that would ensure that small game entering the food chain do not have elevated lead concentrations.
So, M&S, are you, now, only going to source your game meat from suppliers who use non-toxic shot?

 

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