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Views sought on new food labelling system
Defra has launched a Call for Evidence to collect views on a new food labelling system.
Government launches Call for Evidence seeking public opinion on animal welfare standards.

The UK Government is preparing to introduce a new food labelling system to help consumers better identify and support high animal welfare standards.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said that new labels would give consumers better information and help them make more informed choices about the food they eat. 

The Department has launched a Call for Evidence seeking public opinion on the potential scope, regulation, format, and enforcement of a new labelling scheme, as well as the animal welfare standards that might underpin it. 

Announcing the move, environment secretary George Eustice said: “British farmers produce food to an exceptionally high standard of animal welfare, and consumers have come to expect nothing less.

“Now that we have left the EU, we have an opportunity to look at food labelling – and whether the information that we give to shoppers helps them make informed choices. 
This call for evidence is a first step in ensuring that we fully meet consumers’ needs, and fly the flag for the high standards for which our farmers are renowned.”

The BVA has long campaigned for clear animal welfare labels on UK food items and believes it could encourage consumers to buy from British producers. 

In 2020, the Organisation published a comprehensive policy outlining 67 recommendations to improve the welfare of animals at slaughter. Among them include the clear labelling of meat from animals that have not been stunned before slaughter, with the information readily available to those who want it. 

BVA senior vice president Simon Doherty said: “With millions of animals slaughtered each year to provide us with the food we eat, we have a responsibility to provide them with a life worth living and a humane death.

“Our updated position aims to do just that by building on existing legislation and guiding the industry in a direction that better protects the welfare of animals destined for the food chain." 

The consultation, entitled ‘Labelling for animal welfare: call for evidence’ will remain open for 12 weeks, closing at 9:30 am on 6 December 2021.

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Prestigious veterinary awards open for nominations

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 Nominations for the prestigious PetPlan Veterinary Awards 2022 are now open, with five accolades up for grabs including: Practice of the Year; Vet of the Year, Vet Nurse of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Practice Support Staff.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding veterinary professional or practice for an award, from colleagues to pet owners, friends and family. Nominations remain anonymous, and Petplan will send everyone who receives a nomination a certificate to display in their practice.

Nominations can be made at petplanvet.co.uk and remain open until Monday 10 January. 

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New online CPD otitis podcast created

A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.