It Shouldn’t Happen To a Pig, Brass Tacks, BBC2 (1979)

8.10-9.0 New Series
Brass Tacks
It Shouldn’t Happen To a Pig

Diseases spread quickly in factory farms unless antibiotics are used to keep them at bay. And those diseases increasingly develop antibiotic resistance that can spill over into the human population. So is it time to call a halt? Is it time to chose between cheap meat and safe meat?

Peril of pig in a poke

Daily Mirror

AT last, democracy is coming to television. Tonight, you, the viewers, can pick up your phone or put pen to paper and have a chance to air your opinions. The revolutionary experiment is the brainchild of the Manchester-based “Brass Tacks” team. After tonight’s programme in the new “Brass Tacks” series called “It Shouldn’t Happen to a Pig” (BBC-2, 8.10 p.m.) viewers will be invited to give their views, either by phoning any local BBC radio station or by writing to the producers


Daily Star

IS THE meat you had for lunch poisoned? That is the question posed in the first programme of a new series of Brass Tacks. (BBC2. 8.10). The programme’s ideas man, co-producer and presenter, Eric Robson, believes it is not as far fetched as it sounds. He says: “Almost all the meat you buy from the butcher now has Salmonella on it, which causes food poisoning and could be fatal. Modern techniques being used by farmers like broiler houses for chickens and intensive pig units seem to be spreading this poisonous bacteria. Meat that looks okay when it gets to the housewife, is almost always contaminated

Furious farmers ready for drugs phone-in

The Guardian

Farmers and butchers are furious over the colour photography of a piglet, on the cover of the current Radio Times, with the caption “meat and poultry may seriously affect your health. The photograph advertises the BBC-2 programme Brass Tacks, tonight devoted to the increasing use of drugs in agriculture, particularly on factory farms, and the increasing incidence of salmonella food poisoning in Britain. The National Farmers’ Union, which considered taking out an injunction against the Radio Times and promised to send “hot missiles” to the BBC’s chairman and director-general

Angry reply by farmers to pig programme

Leicester Mercury

LEICESTERSHIRE, Northamptonshire and Rutland farmers plan to take part in a nationwide phone-in which is being staged as a follow up to a BBC-2 television programme on Tuesday, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Pig They are angry about what they see as an attack on modern intensive farming methods forced on them by the public’s demand for cheap food. They are particularly angry about the front cover of the current Radio Times with its picture of a pig and caption, Health Warning: Meat and Poultry may seriously affect your health


Liverpool Echo

FACTORY farming may mean cheap food but are we paying too high a price for this benefit in terms of health? That’s the alarming question tackled by It Shouldn’t Happen to a Pig (BBC-2, 8.10) which launches a new series of Brass Tacks debates. With poultry, pigs and beef being reared in increasingly crowded conditions that foster large-scale disease, the use of antibiotics is spreading. And with many modern diseases becoming resistant to treatment, the bacteria that cause salmonella, typhoid and meningitis are able to affect the human consumer