Processed food has received a good deal of bad publicity recently. The health lobby points to the amount of salt that is used to help with its preservation. They also wonder whether people know how much sugar goes into what would seemingly be ‘harmless’ things like sauces. Fizzy drinks, sweets and biscuits have plenty of sugar but its use is far more widespread. Too much sugar and salt are harmful. The publicity goes beyond this however. There is an increasing feeling that food companies should be far more open and detailed in the labelling of their products. Processed meat is a case in point.
Sausages, burgers, pies and ready meals are very popular in the UK. The problem is that they are not always as they seem. The scandal of the use of horsemeat has not been forgotten. When consumers look at mince on a supermarket shelf some of them still have a nagging doubt whether the beef mince label they look at is entirely accurate.