FSA plans meat inspection charging meetings

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to hold four public meetings on its controversial plans to charge for the full cost of official controls on meat.

The public forums are being held ahead of the 25 May board meeting where the FSA will discuss
its future charging policy.

The FSA hopes that the meetings will, “provide attendees with an opportunity to hear more about the proposals and share their views”.

The dates and locations of the public meetings are:
• Durham 16 May
• Bath 16 May
• Carlisle 17 May
• Colchester 17 May

The FSA in Scotland, in Wales and in Northern Ireland have a different system through which to hear the views of stakeholders. Discussions of this issue there will be held in Food Advisory Committee open meetings, which will take place during the same week as the public meetings in England.

The FSA has also reported that a consultation on the topic of full cost recovery had “attracted many responses” and a summary of these will be published on the agency’s website on 13 May along with all the papers for the May board meeting.

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