Last Friday, Dan attended a meeting at C and K Meats butchers hosted by Chris Soule and the Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses on the dangers of over-regulating small businesses in the meat industry. A number of business owners and representatives from across the food chain were present, including Kevin Burrows of C & K Meats in Eye along with other small independent butchers and farm shops, used the meeting to voice their concerns about the Food Standard Agency’s proposed rule changes to meat inspections at abattoirs and its new E-coli contamination guidelines for butchers. Under the FSA’s ‘full cost recovery’ plans, all meat producers will be required to pay the full costs of meat inspections which the agency carries out, whilst its new E-coli prevention guidelines are likely to penalise smaller businesses.
Dan would like to thank Chris Soule and the Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses for chairing the meeting, along with Kevin Burrows of C & K Meats for hosting the event. It is important that Suffolk’s independent food producers and small retailers are not unfairly affected by unnecessary regulation, and he will be working with his Suffolk colleagues to support our food producers in protecting their interests, so that we can continue to enjoy the great variety of locally produced food and drink of which we are all so proud in Suffolk.
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