Meat and Meat Products: Import Monitoring

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd May 2001.

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Photo of Viscount Cranborne Viscount Cranborne Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will ask importers to pay for the costs of monitoring meat imports.

Photo of Baroness Hayman Baroness Hayman Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister of State (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

All meat imported from third countries into the UK must enter at designated UK border inspection posts (BIP), where it is subject to veterinary inspections. The inspection services at the BIP are the responsibility of the local authority. UK and EU legislation requires that costs incurred by the local authority in carrying out checks are recovered from importers.

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