I’m waiting patiently for Waitrose’s response on the subject of the wording of their health warning on game meat (see here), although I did get a holding response from them today, as follows.
Good morning Dr Avery.
Thank you for your recent email regarding the labelling on our game products. I have asked for some assistance to look into your valid concerns you have raised.
I will be back in touch again soon.
Waitrose & Partners Customer Care
Case Reference: 05597908
It’s good that Waitrose have a health warning because they aren’t required to do so even though everyone seems to be agreed that eating lead-shot game is not something for pregnant women or young children to do. The wording of the Waitrose warning is misleading and I’m hoping that they will sort it out.
Waitrose is a supermarket – not a research institute or a public health agency. I can understand why Waitrose has got into this difficult position – they have tried to do the right thing, and rather mucked it up. I’d love to know how that happened and who they went to for expert advice.
But the fault really lies with Defra, and ultimately with Liz Truss who failed to act on the recommendations of the Lead Ammunition Group. If she had taken notice of that expert report then poisonous lead ammunition might even now be banned in the UK and Waitrose wouldn’t have to try to get their facts right about health warnings to their customers.
Government ducked its responsibity and most sellers of game meat are selling game to the public without any health warning at all. That is the fault of government, of Defra.