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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 19th January 2012.

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Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 10:30 am, 19th January 2012

As my hon. Friend says, the Food Standards Agency has produced proposals that would lead to full cost recovery, a principle with which the Government agree. However, the magnitude of the increases for some abattoirs is extreme, and we are looking at that matter with concern because we clearly do not want abattoirs to be driven out of business.


John Byng
Posted on 20 Jan 2012 2:44 pm (Report this annotation)

I am glad that Henry Smith asked this question because full cost recovery in meat inspection could have the effect of further reducing the number of abbatoirs, with adverse consequences for animal welfare.

It is already the case that animals are transported hundreds of miles to abbatoirs and such transport is extremely stressful. Large abbatoirs also tend to be more stressful than the small, more local abbatoirs squeezed out of business by high inspection charges and compliance costs.