10 May 2000
Dairy hygiene charges abolished
By FWi staff
DAIRY hygiene inspection charges in England and Wales have been removed three weeks earlier than expected, the government has confirmed.
The move is expected to save the industry 1 million a year. Legislation enabling the removal of the charges was announced by the Prime Minister at the end of March.
The National Farmers Union said abolishing hygiene charges demonstrated that the government was taking on board the seriousness of the crisis in the dairy sector.
Union officials called for an urgent streamlining of the inspection regime in their response to a Food Standards Agency consultation needed to remove the charges.
“It is imperative that this call is also heeded,” said Tim Bennett, NFU deputy president.