Tripe Marketing Board chief executive, Timothy Flaxton-Buoys has been suspended on full pay pending an investigation following claims in Lancashire Livestock magazine that he told a friend: “Tripe is disgusting. It’s not fit to be consumed by dogs let alone humans". The magazine claims the statement was made in an unguarded moment during a break at a seminar held by the Lancashire Meat Marketing Bureau last week.
TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said: “It's quite possible that Mr Flaxton-Buoys has been
misquoted. I want to assure tripe lovers everywhere that we will conduct a full
investigation and, if necessary, heads will roll."
Mr Flaxton-Buoys (formerly the chief executive of the Bolton Opera House) was appointed to the post in November 2012 and has been put on indefinite gardening leave until the outcome of the investigation is known.