5.160 Mr Stephen Hutchins, SVO Meat Hygiene Veterinary Section, produced a summary of these reports from slaughterhouse visits in January and February, and forwarded it to Mr Iain Crawford, Director of the VFS, MAFF, on 5 April 1991.
5.162 On 19 June 1991, Mr Hutchins minuted Mr Crawford
summarising the results of the surveillance reports received for May/June 1991.
5.164 Mr Crawford
referred to Mr Hutchins's minute on 8 May 1991, and noted in a minute to Mr Baker and copied to Mr Hutchins and Mr Lawrence:
13 In a further minute to Mr Crawford
on 3 June 1991, Mr Hutchins advised:
5.167 However, the use of SBO-derived tallow was raised again on 30 July 1991, in a minute from Mr Crawford
to Mr Lawrence discussing a conversation with Mr Ron Martin (CVO of Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland (DANI) from March 1990 to March 1996).
A minute from Mr Hutchins to Mr Crawford
on 2 August 1991 recorded that some rendering plants sold their SBO-derived tallow to brokers, with no indication available as to its use.
5.172 In February 1994, Mr Crawford
noted that some staff had been giving advance warning of their visits. 'Obviously this allows the operator to ensure that, at the time of the visit, everything is being done that should be done'.
gave instructions that all plants processing SBO be subject to unannounced visits by SVS
staff during February and detailed reports compiled.
5.175 On 2 March 1995, Mr Simmons sent Mr Crawford
and others in MAFF the summary report on SVS surveillance visits covering January and February 1995.