Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Also called DEFRA. A department of the British government responsible for regulation of agriculture and fishing, enforcement of safety standards in food, and protection of the environment. It was established in 2001 as part of a merger of previously existing departments and offices.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

the UK government department responsible for administering government policies in the areas of environmental protection and ‘green issues’ (see POLLUTION), the countryside, and agriculture, food and fisheries.
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In terms of science, he has championed innovation in the department, leading to the use of satellite Earth Observation and the creation of the Defra Earth Observation Centre of Excellence.
Prior to her work with Defra, Miles largely specialised in home affairs at the Home Office, Downing Street and Cabinet Office.
"This rapid recruitment of staff suggests Defra are woefully unprepared for Brexit, yet we were supposed to have already left the EU by this point.
The FUW points out that, according to Defra's own statistics, TB levels in the Low TB Area of Wales are comparable to, or better than, those in the English Low Risk Area.
An Asian hornet outbreak in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire has been contained, say Defra David Crossley/Defra
The new DEFRA guidance states that a "best before" date should still be carried on most foods, including canned and dry goods, jams, pickles and snacks, to indicate when they are no longer at their best but are still safe to eat.
She called on Defra to engage more actively and earlier with Europe to reduce the cost of future regulations, to set options for removing gold-plating from existing EU rules and for MPs to be given greater powers to scrutinise new legislation.
Last month a meeting of authority members backed the sending of a Letter of Claim to Defra in respect of its funding settlement, because they said the decision had a disproportionate impact on Northumberland.
A Defra spokesman said: "Defra will continue to work with industry to reduce emissions from the whole food chain, including those associated with the consumption of meat."
JIM FITZPATRICK, the new minister of state responsible for animal welfare at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), was guest of the All Party Parliamentary Greyhound Greyhound Group at Westminster earlier this week, writes Emma Johns.
Bluetongue has been found in six imported cattle on a farm in Worcestershire, Defra confirmed yesterday.
Defra is providing a further 1m [pounds sterling] per year for two years from 2006/7 to Food from Britain, the non-departmental body responsible for promoting regional food and drink in England and overseas.