Charles Hartwell, chief executive officer of Eville & Jones.
Jane Imrie

Leeds veterinary inspection specialist expands into Northern Ireland with seven-figure contract

A Leeds-based nationwide veterinary inspection services company has expanded into Northern Ireland with its latest contract win.

Eville & Jones, one of Europe’s largest independent providers of verification, supervision and enforcement in fresh meat premises, has been appointed by the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), which oversees the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) meat and dairy hygiene inspection.

The multi-million pound contract will see Eville & Jones supply up to 22 Meat Hygiene Inspectors (MHIs) to assist Official Vets (OVs) in post-mortem inspection and verification of compliance with food hygiene legislation on the production and handling of meat for human consumption.

The new contract follows Eville & Jones’ reappointment as sole supplier to the FSA of official veterinary controls and inspection in all slaughterhouses in England and Wales.

Chief executive officer of Eville & Jones, Charles Hartwell, commented: “We are delighted with the new partnership, which gives us the opportunity to add value to a third home nation’s safe and welfare-led meat production as the countdown to full Brexit drives a rising demand for our services and advice.

He continued: “We are fast boosting our national field force of vets as we help the UK industry gear up for every eventuality, making any permutation - from an unlikely free trade agreement to a hard Brexit to WTO rules - entirely manageable.”

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