The boards of the UK’s two food regulators, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), held their first joint meeting on 17 October 2018, following the publication of the review which makes recommendations aimed at improving compliance and assurance in the UK meat processing industry (see current note 52/4102).
Both boards fully endorsed the improvements for their respective countries. The importance of the review was stressed for managing the culture of the industry and shifting attitudes and behaviours across the UK meat sector to keep consumer interests at the forefront.
It was highlighted that there is an onus on the industry as well as regulators to be ambitious in implementing the plans, and collaborative work will continue to achieve this.
Throughout the discussion, the boards recognised that the majority of the UK meat sector does act responsibly and that many food businesses go above and beyond regulatory requirements.
Source: FSA, 17 October 2018