Meat trade bodies offer up changes to food chain regulation

Meat trade bodies offer up changes to food chain regulation

Three leading meat trade bodies compiling the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS), the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) and the British Poultry Council (BPC), have joined forces to publish a report suggesting proposed changes to how food chains are regulated.

The report, Food Chain Oversight: An Integrated Model, offers an alternative approach to regulating the food chain, highlighting that several different agencies oversee aspects of the farm to port supply chain, but with no single agency having overall responsibility.

Jason Aldiss, co-author of the report, said: “The overlap between the differing agencies involved in the delivery of consumer protective measures along with animal welfare controls provides significant opportunity for streamlining of the process and a more joined-up approach to policy formation and delivery.

“Lower costs, lower environmental impacts and a better, more appropriate use of resources resulting in the UK having a world-class regulatory body, fit for purpose and helping drive the country forward in our new post EU trading market.”

“Both New Zealand and Australia deliver a regulatory framework that is led by the industry for the consumer on behalf of the Government that is both risk based and efficient with respect to the costs of delivery.”

The report concludes that with the UK’s new dawn for trade, the country’s food production chain needs a fully joined up and integrated body linking farm to fork food production and delivering maximum efficiencies with minimum inputs.

Aldiss concluded: “There are benefits for all, from producers to consumers. Lower costs, lower environmental impacts and a better, more appropriate use of resources resulting in the UK having a world-class regulatory body, fit for purpose and helping drive the country forward in our new post EU trading market.”

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