Reports in the Farmers Weekly suggest that diary hygiene inspections could be cut to once in 10 years in England and Wales as part of plans to slash £1.2m in the cost of carrying out the checks.
The proposals by the Food Standards Agency suggest that from April this year official Animal Health Dairy Hygiene Inspections on Red Tracto assured dairy farms will be cut by 90% to once every 10 years.
Non assured farms will be inspected every 2 years. The plans, under consultation until 14 March, could save taxpayers £1.2m a year and farmers more than £130,000. The move would see inspections slashed from 11,335 a year to 2890
Andrew Rhodes, FSA director of operations, said the plans were good news for consumers and the dairy industry.