The UK has one of the worst levels of food safety in the developed world.
A recent report found that 1 in 4 of all food in the UK was potentially unsafe.
This is partly because of a lack of adequate regulations.
The Government announced plans last year to give free-standing fast food outlets a free licence to operate in the country, but the legislation has been put on hold pending a final ruling.
Some politicians have suggested that this will give free food chains a bigger chance to flourish, but there are also concerns that the move will open the door to foodborne illness.
The BBC has revealed that the Food Standards Agency is reviewing the licensing scheme and is expected to make a final decision in the coming weeks.
What are the key issues behind the ‘FreeWheels’ debate?
The Government has said that it is working to create a free food market, but some people are worried that it will encourage food businesses to operate under a strict set of standards.
In April, the government published its draft food safety bill, which included proposals to create an ‘unfettered food supply’, allowing restaurants to serve customers a variety of products, including frozen meat, chicken, fish, dairy products and cheese, free of charge.
It also proposed to set up a new body, Food Standards England, which will be responsible for ensuring the safety of food sold in England.
Some have criticised this move, claiming that the food standards act will make it harder for businesses to compete in the market.
Critics say that the new body will only serve as a check on the current regulatory system and will not provide any new enforcement powers.
Other politicians have also said that the bill could lead to a ‘free food market’.
What do the ‘freewheels, freewheels and freewheelers’ campaigners say?
A petition launched by Food Safety Action Group (FSAG) in May, which claims that the government’s ‘freemeal’ proposal will increase food waste, was backed by more than 100,000 people.
A second petition, launched by food manufacturers, claimed that the ‘unlimited freewheeling’ initiative will be a ‘disaster for the economy’.
The petition also claimed that “this bill will mean a free market in food, leading to food waste and a loss of quality in food”.
In July, the UK Food Standards Authority (FSA) said it was reviewing the food safety legislation, with a final report due by October.
However, some food safety experts say that there is still time to delay the decision, as there is currently no law in place that specifically targets the ‘Unlimited FreeWheels initiative’.
What are some other examples of ‘unfreewheeling’?
Freewheels were popularised in the US in the 1980s, when they were popular amongst children.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, free-hand washing was a popular trend among American teenagers, with many claiming that freehand washing made them feel more comfortable in public.
The practice has been largely banned in the United Kingdom since 2015.
What do ‘free whellets, free whelts’ mean to you?
A free-handed meal is usually made with some form of meat, with the main ingredients including chicken, beef, pork, lamb, fish or dairy.
Some dishes also include vegetables, herbs, fruit and vegetables in small quantities, but no nuts, seeds, grains or alcohol.
A free meal may also include some meat dishes, such as a meat and potatoes and veg meal, or vegetables and vegetables.
A ‘free luch’ is usually a free meal of a chicken, lamb or fish dish.
The dish typically includes a large amount of meat or a mixture of meat and vegetables, usually chicken, turkey, fish and/or veg.
Freewheeling has become so popular that some businesses are even turning to the fast food industry for their recipes.
Many of these restaurants offer free meals for customers who want to try something different.
However they can also provide a free lunch.
There is also a thriving cottage industry of ‘free meal delivery’ websites, such to deliver free meals to homes.
For example, there are a number of ‘Free Delivery’ services offering free meals from businesses across the UK.
Is freewheeled a ‘healthy’ way of eating?
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that freewheelling is not healthy, and that the health benefits outweigh the risks.
A number of studies have linked freewhelling to an increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Free-wheeled food is often a popular way of enjoying meals with friends and family.
It can also be a great way to prepare for a dinner party, and can even help reduce your energy bills.
However some have questioned whether freewheering is a