Responsibility and cost sharing principles in the field of animal health and welfare
Monday 15 January 2007
Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD) has published suggested principles that could be used to inform decisions on how responsibility and cost sharing may be taken forward, across the entire range of the Government's animal health and welfare policies.
All comments and views should be sent to:
Animal Food Chain and Novel Foods Branch
Food Standards Agency Scotland
St Magnus House
25 Guild Street
Tel: 01224 285191
Fax: 01224 285168
Responses are requested by: 12 March 2007
SEERAD and other Rural affairs departments across the UK intend to carry out a further consultation on detailed proposals in mid 2007.
The Agency has previously contacted stakeholders about the possibility of changes to the charging arrangements for meat hygiene controls and the introduction of charges for SRM controls.
Given that many businesses in the meat industry may be affected by both the Agency�s charging proposals, and by proposals on animal health and welfare responsibility and cost sharing, we are developing our charging proposals in close liaison with Rural Affairs Departments.
In line with their proposed timescale for a more detailed consultation, the Agency also plans to consult further on detailed proposals relating to meat hygiene and SRM charges, in mid 2007.
It would be very helpful for the Agency to know your views on the issues raised in the consultation.
While we will be in close communication with SEERAD on these issues, please do not hesitate to copy your response to the Agency or to write direct to the Agency should you consider that to be appropriate.
This consultation has been prepared in accordance with the HM Government Code of Practice on Consultation, which states that a consultation must follow better regulation best practice, including carrying out an Impact Assessment (Regulatory Impact Assessment in Scotland). The assessment is included in the consultation documents.
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