Isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil is calling on the Scottish Government to ease the regulatory burden imposed on small scale slaughterhouses.
Mr MacNeil has been contacted by the owner of Lochmaddy Slaughterhouse, Mr Roddy John Morrison, who is overwhelmed at the level of regulations imposed on his business, which he is considering closing.
Commenting Angus MacNeil said:
“Unless a solution can be found, this small slaughterhouse is at risk of closure on 1st July due to the high volume of inspections, audits and paperwork required. Lochmaddy Slaughterhouse is valuable to the crofting community and it is extremely concerning that this facility may close.
“Of course, we all appreciate the need for checks in order to ensure food safety but there must be a level of flexibility for small businesses.
“We cannot be left in the situation of not having a slaughterhouse in Uist and I am calling on the Scottish Government to assist and find a workable solution.”