The Minister also announced the membership of the Task Force that will take this work forward. Led by Richard Macdonald, it includes individuals with wide experience in farming and growing, retail, food processing, conservation, private and public sector management, and regulatory implementation and enforcement.
The Task Force has been asked to identify ways to reduce this burden on farmers and food processors by reviewing regulations and their implementation. They will advise how best to achieve a risk-based system of enforcement whilst maintaining high environmental, welfare and safety standards. Their work will cover:
• farming (including horticulture);
• food issues as they apply on farm;
• food processing where farmer and processor interests overlap; and
• processing of farmed produce.