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Supplementary guidance on veterinary certification
The BVA will be monitoring developments closely
BVA responds to plans in case of a no-deal Brexit

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has responded following the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ (RCVS) announcement that it has prepared time-limited supplementary guidance on export health certification in case of a no-deal Brexit.
 
The RCVS prepared the guidance following an urgent request from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to outline interim measures to ease pressures in case of a no-deal scenario and help to cope with certification demand for substantial volumes of product exports.  The guidance relates to low-risk products of animal origin in single consignments for export to or transit through the EU – including composite products such as pizzas, ready meals and processed milk.
 
Under APHA’s proposed Trusted Suppliers Scheme, an Official Veterinarian (OV) would rely on a ‘support attestation’ to certify low-risk products for export and transit, comprising a supplier declaration made by a representative of the company supplying the products, alongside a declaration by a registered veterinary surgeon (or Certification Support Officer working under direction of an OV) carrying out relevant checks in relation to the supplier.
 
Daniella Dos Santos, BVA president, said: “When the APHA first outlined these proposals we raised concerns about the impacts that they might have, and we are grateful that some changes have been made in response.  As stated, this is a temporary measure that will only come into play in the event of a no-deal scenario; but we will be monitoring developments closely.
 
“Depending on how things play out in Parliament, it will be important to use any extra time to feed into the proposals and ensure that there are further opportunities for engagement across the veterinary community as they take shape.”

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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.


 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.


 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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Humane Slaughter Association student scholarships open for applications

Applications for the Humane Slaughter Association’s student/trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships are now open.

The Scholarships provide funding to enable students or trainees in the industry to undertake a project aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during marketing, transport and slaughter. The project may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year, or during the summer break.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 28 February 2020. To apply and for further information visit www.hsa.org.uk/grants or contact the HSA office.