Alison Bannister (East Renfrew)
Marzena Young (Perth and Kinross)
Robert Watson (South Lanarkshire)
Mungo Howat (South Lanarkshire, Animal Health)
Kate Connelly (Argyll and Bute)
Maureen McLarty (South Ayrshire, LACORS)
Angela Blair (SCOTSS)
Andrew Mackie (APAS)
Alison Middleton (FSA Scotland)
Brian Wilson (SFELC, Stirling)
Welcome, minute-taking duties and apologies
Apologies were received from Stephen Thomson (Mid Lothian) and Jackie Catterall (Animal Medicines Inspectorate).
Matters arising from minutes of previous meeting held on 2 February 2007
Angela Blair advised that the Road Haulage Association (RHA) letter had been sent and that the procedure for hauliers to register is now in place.
Maureen McLarty passed round a sample feed premises visit pro-forma. LACORS will also put this on its website. She will also send it round to group members electronically.
Action: Maureen McLarty
Mungo Howat asked about the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) risk assessment forms, which Animal Health Officers already use. Mungo Howat would send this form to Maureen McLarty.
Action: Mungo Howat
Mungo Howat mentioned working towards a framework agreement with Animal Health and Welfare Group. Brian Wilson thought that there should be additional forms, for example for mills and feed premises, and that the animal health form could be a part of this. Marzena Young thought that more details were needed for businesses that are primary producers. However, the form that had been circulated was fine for Annexe 1. Alison Middleton asked if LACORS had done anything similar; also whether England had equivalent groups. Angela Blair advised that a number of English local authority regions were setting up feedstuffs groups for the first time.
Reference should be made to Animal Feedstuffs Project Board and not Guidance Board.
Maureen McLarty asked about HACCP training, which she felt should be the equivalent of Level 2.
Marzena Young asked about Food Standards Agency (FSA) input to the Risk Assessment Scheme (RAS). They effectively have a negative rating which has not been updated. Angela Blair advised that the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) now have responsibility for RAS.
Under 'Cash sales for traceability' the sentence referring to application to non-domestic animals should be removed.
Maureen McLarty did not know whether details of grouping of port authorities had been circulated. Alison Middleton will speak to LACORS.
Action: Alison Middleton
Brian Wilson asked about the survey of Animal Health officers working in Trading Standards. Angela Blair advised that the last total was 59.29 Full Time Employees (FTE). This figure was skewed by some authorities naming a large number staff as FTE. The new obligation for 10 hours CPPD may affect future collation. Brian Wilson thought it might be worth this group organising a national conference. Maureen McLarty thought its remit was too narrow. Kate Connelly was asked to raise this point later. Angela Blair asked if she should try to revisit the statistical return. Kate Connelly suggested raising it as an item at the next Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland (SCOTSS) meeting.
Action: Angela Blair
Selection of a permanent representative to the SFELC
Brian Wilson was appointed as the group representative to the SFELC. Kate Connelly will be his deputy.