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MAFF FAILS OVER MEAT HYGIENE

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An attempt by Milton Keynes DC to uphold a European food hygiene law has collapsed after the government failed to p...
An attempt by Milton Keynes DC to uphold a European food hygiene law has collapsed after the government failed to produce vital documents.

The council had taken court action against a slaughter house in a legal test case backed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

The dispute began last year when the company defied legislation by refusing to have 50 pigs inspected by a qualified vet before they were slaughtered, claiming the practice would cost an extra £25,000 a year.

But the case collapsed at Aylesbury Crown Court last week after the MAFF failed to produce vital documents.

The company was awarded costs against Milton Keynes DC, which has since refused to comment other than to say the legal bill would be met by the MAFF.

The MAFF would only say that the action was dropped after 'certain things came to light' during the court case.

The ministry is currently considering a change to the law allowing vets to delegate inspection powers of animals which are in a low risk category.

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