FSA to review meat audit arrangements

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a consultation to review audit arrangements for its approved meat establishments in the UK, it has revealed today.

Changes to the compliance ratings and descriptions used throughout the audit process are proposed in the consultation, which includes slaughterhouses, cutting plants and game handling establishments.

It also proposes changing "how audit frequency is determined to recognise good business performance and allow, where appropriate, the extension of audit periods where effective control systems are in place".

The Agency said it had worked closely with meat industry stakeholders to put together the proposal for the consultation, and would be seeking input from interested parties by 16 May 2014.

It explained that although refinements had been made to the current system, introduced in 2006, "a fundamental review was necessary".

"The FSA worked with industry to carry out this review and to ensure that the proposed new audit system is proportionate and risk-based, and that the process is understandable, transparent and effective," it said in a statement today.

To view the proposal visit: http://multimedia.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/consultation/fbo-audit-consult.pdf

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