17 March 2015

ONS overlooks tripe for 53rd year in a row

The Office for National Statistics has once again failed to include tripe in its annual revision of the typical British shopping basket - despite mounting evidence that more and more people are buying tripe.

The ONS uses the basket of goods to measure the UK's inflation rate.  Despite strong lobbying from the Tripe Marketing Board, the 13 new items added this year do not include tripe.

TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said he was "disappointed" at today's announcement. "We had high hopes that tripe had sneaked into the nation's shopping baskets in 2014.  I can only assume that the 20,000 shops sampled by the ONS are mainly outside of Lancashire and Yorkshire," he said.

Items in the basket may be introduced or dropped to reflect changes in how much people are spending on them, and also to reflect new categories of spending.  One addition this year has been the the cost of protein powders for gym-goers, measured to reflect the wider group of sports food supplements.  The ONS believe this is "a distinct and growing sector not previously covered".

Commenting on the inclusion of protein powders, Sir Norman said: "Tripe is a significant source of protein - a 3oz serving of cooked tripe provides 10 grams of protein, a source of amino acids your body needs to make hormones, enzymes and new tissue. That's got to be better than snorting powders".

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