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Food Standards Agency

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) objectives and (b) costs for 2009-10 are of the Food Standards Agency’s Livestock Traceability Scheme. (316824)

The Food Standards Agency has advised that it does not have a ‘Livestock Traceability Scheme’. European Union legislation requires food business operators (FBOs) at slaughterhouses to be able to trace all food-producing animals supplied to them and, from 1 January 2010, to receive food chain information (FCI) for all cattle and sheep sent for slaughter for human consumption. The requirement for FCI forms part of the whole chain, farm-to-fork approach to food safety introduced by EU hygiene regulations from 1 January 2006.

The Meat Hygiene Service verifies the checks on livestock identification carried out by FBOs in slaughterhouses to ensure the traceability of meat for food safety and animal disease control purposes. Livestock traceability is the responsibility of Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Departments of Rural Affairs in the devolved Administrations.