Given the level of TB in the Low TB Area of Wales, and the lack of any relationship between TB risk and the Welsh annual testing regime, the FUW has written to Defra
to ask for clarity on the decision making process.
It urged Defra
to explain the scientific rationale for its decision given that Wales' annual testing regime results in very few undisclosed herd breakdowns.
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said that it was possible Asian hornets could reappear in England next year and members of the public are urged to report any suspected sightings in the spring.
says action is needed to tackle bovine TB but groups against the cull say it will have no impact and could lead to local populations of badgers being wiped out.
The new DEFRA
guidance states that a "best before" date should still be carried on most foods, including canned and dry goods, jams, pickles and snacks, to indicate when they are no longer at their best but are still safe to eat.
But after Defra
responded, an executive group considered the potential consequences of initiating legal proceedings.
The disease was detected during post-import testing carried out by Defra
on bluetongue susceptible animals arriving from abroad.
The ADAS evaluation report includes some recommendations for improvements to the strategy and Defra
will be reviewing with stakeholders how best to take these forward.
The 'Whole Farm Approach' is being developed by Defra
(the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to go live in 2006 and the first phase includes a web portal and farm appraisal self-assessment package.
According to Defra
, food transport produced approximately 19 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2002, accounting for approximately 1.