SIR - While being pleased that Bradford firm Mumtaz is doing well (T&A, January 23), I would question the assertion by director Rab Nawaz, right, that infants have slower average mental development if they are not fed meat.

There are millions of vegetarian children all over the world, including my daughter and her cousins in India, who have not had any adverse problems because of their diet.

It is know that a poor diet can affect concentration and what is needed is plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, with water to drink instead of fizzy drinks.

I think that what a lot of pre-school children lack is a stimulating environment; they need conversation, story-telling, number and word games, books, etc.

Cynthia Trasi, Kirkgate, Shipley