Pig and beef carcase classification: Fixed Penalty Guidance

The Rural Payments Agency Fixed Penalty Guidance provides further information on what RPA does when abattoirs breach the rules.

Applies to England and Wales



Where there is evidence that an offence has taken place, the Secretary of State for England or the Deputy Minister of Agriculture for Wales, may issue an informal written warning, saying that they believe an offence has taken place, advising what steps should be taken and warning of possible future action.

In addition, the regulations provide for three kinds of formal enforcement action:

  1. enforcement notice
  2. penalty notice
  3. criminal prosecution.

Where the Secretary of State believes an offence has taken place under the regulations, the Secretary of State has the discretion to decide the appropriate enforcement action. However set out below is guidance on how the RPA will approach this.

Published 4 August 2020
Last updated 9 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. Html version of Fixed Penalty Guidance added

  2. Regulations updated on penalty guidance document

  3. First published.