5 October 1999
Small abattoirs make their case

LEADERS of the Small Abattoir Federation were able to present their case on meat inspection charges to food minister Baroness Hayman yesterday.

They claim the current system operated by Britain, unfairly penalises small operators.

A recent report from the Meat and Livestock Commission, by its chief veterinary adviser, John Pratt, reveals that bureaucracy imposes a heavy burden on the cost of producing meat.

The report found that, of 10 European Union countries, only Holland and the UK use an hourly system of charging, while the others operate a headage system.

The report also found that some countries are more lax about applying charges than others.