17 April 1997

Pushing for improvements at home

CONSUMERS must take more responsibility in the drive to improve food standards, according to Donald Muir of Hannah Research Institute.

Dairy herds were usually well documented and milks progress was fully recorded when it was dispatched from the creamery or dairy, he told the conference.

"But perishable commodities are frequently subjected to extreme temperature abuse on the journey between the shop and home. And storage in the home is often less than perfect."

Promotion of cool bags and educational leaflets about hazards in the refrigerator would help, as would increased use of fridge thermometers, said Mr Muir. &#42