HC Deb 12 March 2003 vol 401 cc341-2W
Tim Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources he is committing through the Food Standards Agency to(a) prevent and (b) detect illegally imported meat entering the UK. [102162]

Ms Blears

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is assisting local authorities in the prevention and detection of illegally imported meat through delivery of its 10 point plan to enhance imported food controls. This plan includes provision of training, enhanced liaison and provision of enforcement guidance to authorities. This summer, the FSA is to deliver a specific training programme to all United Kingdom local authorities relating to detection and removal of illegal imports.

The FSA is also assisting the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Her Majesty's Customs and Excise as part of a cross-government action plan on illegal imports.