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Official controls in slaughterhouses

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BVA responds: It is extremely disappointing that the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers is making a case for removing the requirement for Official Veterinarians (OVs) in non-exporting slaughterhouses after Brexit. In thinking about the opportunities presented by Brexit, BVA has fully supported the government's stated aims of ensuring the UK continues to have the highest standards of animal welfare and food safety. Our Brexit report sets out why OVs are vital to achieving that vision.

OVs working in food hygiene and public health in the UK are crucial for the protection of the UK consumer, certifying and supervising the import and export of animals and animal products to third countries. Doing away with a full-time …

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