In the past this has been between £300k and £325k per year. The Agency has made a bid to Scottish Government for funding for feed law enforcement and this may be finalised by mid-October. At present there are no guarantees of funding provision.
A letter has been sent to local authorities, inviting their participation in a mycotoxin analysis project. Stewart Joyce mentioned that previously there had been a few samples with moderately high levels but that these had been very rare. Marzena Young asked if guidance could be given on what types of material should be tested. Jacqui Bunyan would make enquiries on further testing.
Action: Jacqui Bunyan
Code of Practice
The Code of Practice on Feed Law Enforcement is going to be reviewed towards the end of the year and the Feed Law Practice Guidance will also be issued.
Further courses in Level One training are to be run (two days per course, 25 people in each session, Glasgow and Dundee). Two Level Two courses are to be run in England shortly (as pilots), and Level Two courses will then be rolled out across the UK during 2008.
Declarations on compliance with the Feed Hygiene Regulations will be sought from the relevant feed businesses, and guidance on seeking this will be issued in late October.
GA21 maize from Argentina
This product is acceptable for use as food but not as feed. Local authorities can accept a certificate of compliance to indicate that there is non-GM maize in any particular consignment. Where no certificate exists checks may be required.
Bt10 maize from USA
The previous EU decision to prevent import of this product has been challenged and is now revoked.
The Feed (Specified Undesirable Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2007
These Regulations come into force this year.
Zinc Sulphate and Rice Products from China
Zinc sulphate from China has been suspected of contamination with heavy metal (cadmium). The situation is being monitored as are imports of wheat gluten rice products for melamine content.
National Guidance for Good Practice on the Feed Hygiene Regulations
The revised guidance is now available on the FSA website.
The Animal Feed Labelling Directive
The Directive has still to be adopted and ratified by the EU Commission by means of a Regulation. This will replace four sets of existing Regulations.