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Defra agree changes to horse passport system

FOLLOWING the horse meat scandal the Government have announced plans to overhaul the horse passport system.

Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has announced a number of measures to help protect the food chain and provide greater protection for horses. This include improving the system for equine identification, restricting unneccasry movements and improve traceability.

A number of representatives from the Equine Sector Council for Health and Welfare, which includes among its members the British Equestrian Federation, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Local Government Trading Standards, the British Equine Veterinary Association and horse welfare charities attended the urgent meeting called by the Secretary of State. There they agreed on the need to overhaul the system for equine identification, to take steps to restrict unnecessary movements of horses across borders and improve traceability in the light of the horse meat crisis.

* For full story see this week's issue of The Scottish Farmer, on sale on March 1.