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Combined animal and plant health agency to be created

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A NEW Animal and Plant Health Agency, combining some of the statutory and enforcement activities of the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) with the AHVLA, is to begin work on October 1. The aim, Defra says, is to ensure that government is better equipped to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases.

In an announcement on its website on August 11, Defra said that …

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