21 November 2001
Extra cash to test animal feed

By FWi staff

AN extra 7.5 million has been made available to ensure animal feed is properly checked at the local level, food safety watchdogs have announced.

It is hoped this will prevent a repeat of the foot-and-mouth crisis that is widely believe to have been caused by contaminated food fed to pigs.

The cash will go to local authorities in England over three years to help enforce animal feed legislation, said the Food Standards Agency.

The National Assembly for Wales has already made additional resources available for food law.

More financial inputs are also expected in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The money will be used to allow more on animal feed, particularly when it is mixed on-farm, David Statham, agency director of enforcement said.

It will also be used to check imported animal feed, where there are doubts that rules are being enforced.

He said a lot has been done to minimise the presence of contaminants in feed. but further work is needed at a local level to ensure the law is being adhered to.

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