Wilma Urquhart sought clarification on the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) guidance on percentage declaration on feedstuffs and asked whether it was correct that LACORS and the FSA were happy with the banding system. Alison Middleton will clarify.
Alison Bannister, for Marzena Young, asked the FSA why the National List of Registered Feed premises (2005) listed on the FSA website contains data from only 22 Scottish councils. She thought this might be the fault of local authorities who are not reporting their own figures. Alison Middleton will investigate.
George Begg asked if anyone was aware of farmers asking for their registration numbers. Some authorities were supplying this as a courtesy.
George Begg asked about waste foodstuffs being transported for feedstuff. The food producer would not need to registered as the activity falls under animal by-products legislation. Transporters may need to be registered.
In relation to the Code of Practice, Maureen McLarty asked whether anyone with Animal Health and Welfare on their credentials for inspection needed a qualification under Animal Health and Welfare. This was still unclear. Alison Middleton will investigate.
Maureen McLarty said that the warrant authorisation declares that any articles under the European Communities Act 1972 are covered. She asked whether there still needed to be separate authorisation under Feedstuffs and Food Hygiene Regulations. This was possible due to the specific powers under the regulations rather than the Act.
Brian Wilson asked about the current status of primary producers.
Brian Wilson also said that the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD) database is to be released. Angela Blair will contact Alison Middleton about this.
Brian Wilson raised the issue of qualifications for Code of Practice. He will contact Alison Middleton about this.
Brian Wilson asked whether there are any moves afoot for SEERAD to share information with Trading Standards on food safety as well as animal health. Alison Bannister will liaise with Alison Middleton about this and also speak to SEERAD.
The issue of whether farm visits are being registered as PI2 visits was raised. Angela Blair will contact groups on this but there was a problem in that there are two different criteria for farms.
Brian Wilson asked what authorities were doing about employing distinct Animal Health Officers. Angela Blair advised that she was organising a response on this through the weekly update.
Nigel Mackenzie announced this would be his last meeting chairing the group. He thanked everyone for their help and assistance.
The date of the next meeting was provisionally set for Tuesday 5 June 2007.