FSA agrees to industry proposals
The meat industry has welcomed a decision by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) board to work more closely with stakeholders on meat inspection.
The board voted in favour of a range of FSA proposals at its meeting yesterday. These included a review of the current discount system, an independent efficiency review of the FSA and an exploration of options for alternative delivery models, including use of a control body.
It was also agreed that the FSA should collaborate more closely with stakeholders and work in partnership with them.
British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) director Stephen Rossides said: “The BMPA warmly welcomes the FSA board’s endorsement of the executive’s proposals for a new approach to partnership, working with industry on a range of key meat inspection issues, including a review of the charging system, an external efficiency review of the FSA’s delivery of meat inspections, and exploring alternative options for the delivery of meat inspections.
“We are heartened that the board welcomed the BMPA’s outline proposals for an alternative approach to the delivery of meat inspections, and we will be having detailed discussions with the FSA on these ideas.
“A refreshing ‘wind of change’ is in the air. In this week’s FSA board meeting, the language around the table was new and positive. The board’s endorsement of the executive’s proposals paves the way to a more open and collaborative working relationship between industry and the FSA on important strategic issues, as the BMPA has been urging for some time.”