Questions for M&S

Mon 20 July CopyFollowing their announcement today, I’ve been in touch with the M&S press office and they say they’ll get back to me with clarification on these questions – later today. That’s very nice of them.


  • can you please send me a copy of your code of practice for selling game meat?
  • who are, or at least what is the expertise of, the ‘independent industry experts’ you have consulted?
  • was the RSPB involved in the Code of Practice?
  • are you stipulating that Red Grouse meat that you might sell in your stores is shot with non-toxic ammunition?
  • have you read the summary of the Lead Ammunition Group report ? Presumably your experts referred you to it? see here
  • have you read the Oxford Lead symposium report? Presumably your experts referred you to it? see here
  • why would you want to sell the public meat which contains over 100 times the lead levels that would be legal for other meats? see here
  • will any Red Grouse meat sold in your stores be labelled ‘May contain very high levels of lead. Lead is a poison.’ or with any similar warning?
  • do you plan to disclose the estates from which you source your Red Grouse?
  • have you noticed that 35,000 people have asked the government to ban driven grouse shooting? see here

many thanks

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5 Replies to “Questions for M&S”

  1. Maybe i've missed something but last time i looked the Oxford Lead Symposium Proceedings was not published and the website just showed a letter of introduction (with quite damning conclusions) to the Environmental Minister.
    Now i see the full report is published.
    Apologies if i have completely missed the boat.

  2. You might want to attend this free event, Mark? M & S Director of Food, Andy Adcock, is speaking and taking questions. Or anyone else who reads your blog and lives in area?
    "University of Leeds
    Next event - Food and health
    Our next event will take place on June 17 at the Leeds University Business School, entitled Sweetening the pill: The role of retailers and researchers in nutrition and health.
    Britain's obesity epidemic continues to grow, but how well do we as consumers understand the link between the food we eat, metabolism and genetics, and how are researchers and retailers responding to the challenge of improving the national diet?
    Join us as M&S Director of Food Andy Adcock, and Janet Cade, Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Leeds explore the roles of researchers, manufacturers and retailers in providing a multi-stakeholder approach to improving what we eat.
    11.45am | Event opens, registration, tea and coffee
    12pm | Welcome and introductory presentation: Janet Cade, Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Leeds
    12.15pm | Guest speaker presentation: Andy Adcock, Director of Food, M&S
    12.45pm | Over to you: Question and Answer
    1.10pm | Refreshments and networking reception
    2pm | Close
    To reserve a place at this free networking event please email or via Eventbrite."


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