MAFF issues 57 writs

The Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food is taking a group of abattoir and slaughterhouse owners to the High Court. Fifty-seven writs have been issued in which the MAFF claims money it says is due under the Meat (Hygiene Inspection and Examination for Residues) (Charges) Regulations 1995 (SI 1995/311) and the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and inspection) Regulations 1995 (SI 1995/539), for the cost of official veterinary surgeons and authorised meat inspectors at the slaughter- houses between 1 April last year and 28 January this year.