Welsh Chernobyl rules removed

All remaining Chernobyl sheep control legislation in Wales has been removed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

According to the FSA, the controls had been put in place due to heightened levels of radioactivity, following the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. In some upland parts of the UK, sheep were subject to the controls under the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) Order 1991.

Results of a peer-reviewed assessment demonstrated that radiocaesium levels in sheep were very low in the food chain risk. All movement controls ended in Wales on 1 June this year, the ending of which made the remaining legislation redundant. The Welsh Government has also revoked the associated Export of Sheep (Prohibition) Order 1991 (SI 1991/58).

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