Summary of Consultation Responses on Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) Cost Sharing Proposals
Thank you to all the respondents who took the time to respond to the consultation. Every reply has been examined thoroughly and every effort has been made to represent the views and opinions received.
The key findings of this consultation are:
These proposals are the latest in a succession of financial impositions on the farming, slaughtering and processing sectors.
Certain sectors cannot afford further costs being transferred - particularly the sheep industry.
The scientific basis for the current TSE regime was questioned, with a consensus that these controls required urgent re-examination and revision.
There is a great need to consider driving further efficiencies from delivery agents.
- Implications for food safety, human health and consumer confidence
Responsibility and costs for BSE monitoring and surveillance must remain with the Government and its agencies.
Scottish Government must pursue their share of the GB animal health budget from Defra.
The Scottish Government should not run ahead of the EU time table for Cost and Responsibility Sharing.
The consultation on the TSE cost sharing proposals was published on 14 March 2008. It asked for comments on the proposed transfer or share of TSE related costs currently funded by Defra across GB. The official closing date of the consultation was 15 April 2008. A number of responses were received after that date and have been taken into account.
The consultation paper sought views on some specific cost sharing proposals in respect of certain BSE and Scrapie related activities. It set out 7 questions under the following topics:
- BSE testing of cattle sold for human consumption: laboratory analyses,
- BSE laboratory approvals,
- Meat Hygiene Service costs for verifying controls on BSE testing, SRM removal and hygiene for OTM cattle,
- BSE testing of fallen cattle aged over 24 months,
- National Scrapie Plan (NSP) - Breeding Programme,
- National Scrapie Plan (NSP) - Sheep Semen Archive,
- Scrapie Monitoring Scheme (SMS)
The consultation paper was distributed by e-mail to the majority of the 174 consultees. Those consultees that did not have an e-mail address received a hard copy in the post. It was also made available on the Scottish Government website. The list of those consulted is given at Annex A.
The consultation attracted 15 responses from a range of groups, organisations and businesses. Where respondents gave permission, their responses have been published on the Scottish Government website at www.scotland.gov.uk/publications. All respondents are listed in Annex B.
All non-confidential responses are available to the public in hard copy at the Scottish Government Library, K Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD. Charges for photocopies are made on a cost recovery basis. To request copies by post, enquire about charges or make an appointment to view responses, please telephone the Library on 0131 244 4552.