Press Release Issued By
North Yorkshire County Council 
Trading Standards And Regulatory Services

 

 

 

FARMERS FAILING TO KEEP RECORDS OF DRUGS GIVEN TO ANIMALS

SURVEY undertaken by North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards and Regulatory Services has given rise to concerns that farmers are failing to understand record keeping requirements for the administration of veterinary medicines to their livestock. The survey has revealed that 77% of farmers fail to keep proper records and a further 8% are found to keep no records at all.

The law requires that where farmers treat livestock with veterinary medicines, records must be kept of the drugs used, dates and quantities administered. This is to ensure there is a safe period between the administration of the drug and the animal being slaughtered. Without this safety precaution residual amounts of the drugs could get into the human food chain.

While there is no evidence to suggest that veterinary medicines are entering the food chain, as the additional safeguard of carcass testing is carried out at every abattoir, a high level of detail is required for on-farm record keeping and it is important that farmers are aware of this. National Farmers Union policy advisor, Jonathan Birnie and trading standards officers intend to work together in partnership to assist farmers in an effort to considerably improve the current level of non-compliance.

Stuart Pudney, head of trading standards in North Yorkshire, said: "Many of the farmers surveyed claimed membership of the Meat and Livestock Commissions Farm Assured British Beef and Lamb Scheme, the rules of which are clear on the use of veterinary medicines and record keeping. However, these farmers faired no better than those who were not members with 73% failing to record full details."

Farmers are being encouraged to seek advice by contacting either trading standards on 01609 780780 or the NFU regional office on 01904 451550.

21-02-01

 

 

Graham Venn, 01609 766410

or Andy Robson, 01423 560365