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Meat Hygiene Service

The Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) is an Executive Agency of the Food Standards Agency. 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.

It is an independent enforcement agency operating in England, Scotland and Wales, and provides

  • a single independent enforcement agency - applying consistent standards, and providing consistent inspection and enforcement services
  • an agency accountable to the Food Standards Agency and to Parliament via Health Ministers for a service essential to protect public health and animal welfare at slaughter, and promote consumer confidence
  • a unified inspection service under veterinary supervision acceptable to European Union and third country trading partners
  • a transparent national basis for meat inspection charges
  • a single agency best placed to manage changes/developments in meat inspection and risk management

The full address of the MHS is:

Meat Hygiene Service
Kings Pool
Peasholme Green
York YO1 7PR

Enquiries about the Meat Hygiene Service
email us: mhsenquire@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

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