Meat Hygiene Service
The Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) is responsible for the protection of public health and animal health and welfare in Great Britain, through proportionate enforcement of legislation in approved fresh meat premises.
We provide verification, audit, and meat inspection services in approved slaughterhouses, cutting plants, farmed and wild game facilities, and co-located minced meat and meat products premises. The MHS has a statutory duty to provide these services on demand, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
The MHS is an Executive Agency of the Food Standards Agency (FSA). It was first established as an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (now part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) on 1 April 1995, when it took over meat inspection duties from some 300 local authorities.
In autumn 2004, as an outcome of a Review of Roles and Relationships between the FSA and the MHS, it was agreed that the non-executive governance of the MHS should be strengthened.
As a result, the Meat Hygiene Advisory Committee was abolished and the MHS Board was created – under the Food Standards Act 1999 – as a sub-committee of the FSA Board.
Plans to transform the MHS into a more efficient organisation that retains service delivery in approved meat premises throughout England, Scotland and Wales received the backing of the FSA Board in July 2007.
The Board supported seven key recommendations made in a Review of the Delivery of Official Controls in Approved Meat Premises, agreeing that Official Controls in Britain should be delivered by a tranformed MHS.
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