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Meat Hygiene Controls

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposals in the Food Standards Agency’s consultation on charging arrangements for meat hygiene controls on (a) the charges to and (b) the viability of small abattoirs. (76359)

[holding answer 12 June 2006]: The Food Standards Agency’s proposals for changes to the charging arrangements for meat hygiene controls are still being developed. I understand that they are currently seeking the initial views of stakeholders, prior to full consultation later this year. Officials from this Department will be liaising closely with those of the Agency to assess their potential impact on charges generally and particularly on the viability of smaller abattoirs.