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Government scheme to ‘reduce burden’ for Welsh meat industry
Published:  04 December, 2017

A new memorandum of understanding (MOU) will enable the reduction of animal feed inspections of farms across Wales by local authority trading standards. 

Signed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Welsh Lamb and Beef Producers (WLBP), the MOU will affect Farm Assured Welsh Livestock (FAWL) member farms as of 1 April 2018. 

The scheme outlines general principles of collaboration, cooperation, roles and responsibilities of the FSA and WLBP. 

“This demonstrates the commitment of both parties to continue to work effectively with feed businesses throughout Wales,” said Richard Bowen, interim director of FSA Wales.

“It will help reduce the burden of official controls on compliant businesses and target resources at the highest areas of risk to animal feed and, consequently, food safety.

“The FSA in Wales will continue to verify compliance of the FAWL scheme with the agency criteria for earned recognition,” continued Bowen.

“This will include a check carried out by enforcement authorities on a percentage of FAWL scheme members. Positive verification will enable us to have continued confidence in the FAWL scheme and the ability to justify approved scheme status.”

It is the duty of feed and food businesses in Wales to ensure the production of feed and food is compliant with the law. Businesses that are capable of demonstrating a good history of compliance or are compliant members of an FSA-approved assurance scheme may qualify for a reduced frequency of official control under the 2014 revised Feed Law Code of Practice in Wales.

The FAWL initiative is operated by WLBP – a cooperative owned by over 7,400 farmers.