Scots say 2012 changes in meat industry were vital

Scots say 2012 changes in meat industry were vital

“The past 12 months have seen some vital meat industry changes being made, head-lined by the Scottish Government’s commitment in June to establish a stand-alone meat inspection service for Scotland,” said SAMW president, Alan McNaughton, commenting on the achievements of 2012 and the challenges that lie ahead in 2013.

“With six months work on that decision already completed we’re beginning to see the framework of the new organisation starting to emerge. It was always going to be a painfully slow process, of course, but one which we believe will be worth all the effort which the Scottish food and farming industry is putting into creating the progressive and far-reaching body which we’ve all sought for so long.

“Our first thought in June was to welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to the formation of a new ‘cooperative and collaborative approach to meat inspection in Scotland’ and we continue to view it as a thoroughly refreshing prospect for SAMW’s member companies. Whole industry involvement in the process is also hugely encouraging, clearing the way for Scotland to maintain its position as a source of high quality meat, produced, processed and marketed to the highest possible standards.

“There is plenty of unfinished business to keep us working in 2013, of course.”

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