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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Andrew Gerard KUYK Head, Crops, Plants and Produce Division, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
It was announced today that policy responsibility for regulation of energy-using products will transfer from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
It was reported that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs had been ordered to cut its spending by pounds 200m in six months, with the Environment Agency expected to bear the brunt.
A consultation on a possible cull was launched last month by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as part of its effort to control bovine tuberculosis.
But MPs said there was little to convince them that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) approach to the rural economy would deliver the tailored solutions that rural business need.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it was aware that one dog had died after eating Sea Chervil - a toxic seaweed that had been washed up on the Norfolk coast.
Product labels which claim items are eco-friendly can be meaningless, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) warned today.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it would consider the committee's report carefully while reviewing the draft legislation
The Probe project is backed by Farmcare, the RSPB and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Financial mismanagement has been blamed for a pounds 200m deficit in the annual Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs budget in a new report by the select committee that examines its work.
The study, by Newcastle University's Centre for Rural Economy, marks the fifth anniversary of the 2001 epidemic with a call for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to be reformed.
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