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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16607: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what protocols are in place regarding (a) the transportation and (b) reporting incidents of spillage of animal by-product waste, including ensuring that spillage is cleaned up to (i) meet public health standards and (ii) protect natural resources from contamination.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 23 May 2018

Minor spillages or leaks should be dealt with through the transporters own contingency planning. More serious spillages would result in the local authority and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency taking action to resolve the situation and where appropriate, take relevant enforcement action.

Anyone who transports animal by-products (ABPs) needs to be approved or registered by the Scottish Government under the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 (ABPR). The key control when transporting ABPs is to do so in vehicles and containers that are covered and leak-proof. The Animal and Plant Health Agency carry out risk based inspections on transporters of ABPs to ensure vehicles and containers are compliant with the ABPR.