Doug Russell, H&S officer for the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW ) attacked internet H&S forums "pandering to the prejudiced and misinformed".
He said the H&S strand of the government's Red Tape Challenge, which invites firms to suggest ways to cut bureaucracy online, was a "red herring".
Russell said: "The food industry still has an accident rate nearly twice as high as the manufacturing average. It would be better if government devoted more resources to evidence-based work by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), employers and unions through the Food and Drink Manufacture Health and Safety Forum to raise awareness."
The forum includes representatives from the HSE's Food Section, the Food and Drink Federation, other food/drink trade bodies and food industry unions.
Complaints on the Red Tape Challenge website about H&S bureaucracy mostly concern non-existent laws; poor legal understanding; or were irrelevant to industry H&S, Russell claimed.
Jennie Formby, national officer for food, drink and tobacco at trade union Unite, said the Red Tape Challenge was "a sham" and called for improved enforcement. "Web-based discussion forums will not prevent the rising tide of ill health and deaths at work," she said.
HSE figures issued last month showed deaths at work rose by 16% last year. Food industry fatalities were the lowest, though, with just two in 2010-2011.
Tom Chambers, Greencore H&S manager and member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health's Food and Drink Group, praised HSE campaigns, but said: "It's completely wrong to perceive health and safety regulations as unnecessary red tape."
The government website, www.redtapechallenge.cabinetoffice.gov.uk, was launched in April and has six streams, including H&S, for which comments are invited from June 30 to July 21.