The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has released the results of its consultation on the charging arrangements and charging levels for official controls carried out in approved meat premises.

It has been decided to proceed with the introduction of a new system of calculating charges for meat hygiene and animal welfare at slaughter official controls. Subject to the normal Parliamentary procedures the new arrangements will take effect from 28 September 2009 in Great Britain (and from 27 September in Northern Ireland) rather than on 29 June as was originally proposed.