Current meat industry practices do not present a systemic risk to public health but there is a need for modernisation including legislation, according to an interim report to be presented to the Food Standards Agency.
The first part of the review of meat cutting premises and cold stores, commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) in February in the wake of serious non-compliance issues identified at cutting plants operated by 2 Sisters Food Group and Russell Hume, says the overall system of assurance and regulation does require modernisation.
In a paper to next week’s Food Standards Agency board, Chief Operating Officer Colin Sullivan and Food Standards Scotland operations director Ian McWatt conclude that:
The interim report says several areas for improvement have been identified and these will be discussed with stakeholders to develop new proposals which will go to the FSA/FSS Boards in September.
That report is likely to be accompanied by a delivery plan for short, medium and longer-term proposals.