3 September 1999


&#8226 AN Irish cattle dealer has been fined for making fraudulent claims under the Over-30-Month Scheme.

Sean Mallon, of Tassagh, Co Armagh, pleaded guilty to five charges of supplying information to obtain false compensation during a seven week period from Feb 14 1997 to Apr 9 1997.

Mr Mallon was fined £100 on each of the five charges and repaid the compensation of £1216. He was also fined £4500 in connection with cruelty to animal charges.

&#8226 MAFFS consumer panel will hold its first open meeting on Oct 19 in London. The panels role is to bring to ministers attention any food issues of concern to consumers and to give advice on how to transfer information on food safety, diet and nutrition to the public. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting should contact the consumer panel secretariat (0207-238 5779) or e-mail

&#8226 THE maximum compensation payable during September for cattle slaughtered under the governments brucellosis rules will be £450/head.

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