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FSA – still riding ‘roughshod’ on charges

SAMW has given journalists the following response to the latest FSA move on meat inspection charges:

“The FSA continues to ride roughshod over those who oppose them,” said Ian Anderson, SAMW Executive Manager. “They have ignored the welter of opposition and failed to address the fundamental points made during the consultation. The only worthwhile concession they have made is to remove the pension liability contribution from the equation. Who knows whether they would have volunteered this had SAMW not exposed the FSA pensions scandal in February. The FSA continues to tinker around the edges of the meat inspection/charges issue rather than the measures needed for radical reform. That is why SAMW and the rest of the Scottish industry sent proposals for a Scottish meat inspection service to the Cabinet Secretary on the day he was re-appointed to his former post. We look forward to an early discussion with Mr Lochhead to take this forward.”

For details of the FSA’s latest Board meeting click here

For additional meat industry comments see MJT & MM