Government launches combined Animal and Plant Agency
A combined agency has been launched to ensure that the government is better equipped to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases.
The Animal and Plant Health Agency began on 1 October 2014 in a bid to better equip the government to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases, and to respond to emergencies.
Chris Hadkiss, currently Chief Executive of Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, has been appointed as the Chief Executive of the combined agency.
Four of the Agency functions of the former Food and Research Agency (FERA) the Bee inspectorate, the Plants Health and Seeds Inspectorate, the Plant Variety and Seeds Group and the GM Inspectorate have joined with the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency.
Animal and plant health inspectors have a strong history of working together in times of disease emergency, and this will be made easier when they are part of the same organisation. The Animal and Plant Health Agency will also play a vital role in stopping pests, diseases, and invasive non-native species entering the UK.