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Meat Hygiene Service

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the findings of the recent Food Standards Agency study in relation to the status and structure of the Meat Hygiene Service. (207317)

Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board papers and minutes are published on the FSA's website. They include the Final Report of the Review of the Delivery of Official Controls in Approved Meat Premises, which the FSA Board considered in July 2007 and at which targets were set for the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) and information was requested on possible outsourcing of part of the MHS. The FSA Board decided at its meeting on 7 May 2008 that the option of piloting an alternative to the MHS should not be pursued and that available resources should be focused on MHS modernisation. The May Board papers will be available after 13 June 2008 on the FSA's website at:

www.food.gov.uk/aboutus/ourboard/boardmeetings