The annual report on the audit of the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) - assessing compliance by MHS hygiene and inspection teams on a range of operational procedures - is published today. This is the first Audit Report to be published by the Food Standards Agency, of which the MHS is an executive agency. It relates to the year 1st April 1999 to 31st March 2000, when both the Veterinary Public Health Unit and the Meat Hygiene Service were part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF). Audit visits were made by Veterinary Meat Hygiene Advisers to licensed premises throughout that year.