staff for the FSAwho are represented by Unison are elected for possible strike action over a wage dispute.
Hundreds of inspectors, vets and clerks across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are involved and could shut down the industry if they vote to leave.
Employees are demanding a 10% pay rise after turning down a pay rise of between 2% and 5% earlier in the year.
Food Standards Agency staff have until October 31 to vote on a strike (PA) (Image: PA)
The strike vote ends on Monday October 31, with Unison adding that the strikes could take place beforehand and beyond Christmas.
The last time FSA Employees took part in a strike action in October 2014.
Unison local government chief Mike Short said: “FSA Employees play a crucial role in keeping contaminated meat off people’s plates.
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“But many have to work in difficult and uncomfortable conditions to examine carcasses for signs of disease.
“These employees protect consumers, ensure good animal welfare and must be rewarded accordingly.
“The FSA must make a significantly higher offer to avoid disruption.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23060195.strike-ballot-food-standards-agency-see-christmas-meat-shortage/?ref=rss Food Standards Agency strike election could lead to Christmas meat shortages