CHaIRS group meetings

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Dear Food Standards Agency,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the
information to which I am entitled under the freedom of information
act.

In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.

If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

I am seeking clarification on whether the CHaIRS group, to which the FSA provided secretarial support as a member, met in December of last year and am requesting the final minutes of this 7th meeting of the Chemical Hazards and Identification Risk Surveillance group (CHaIRS)which was postponed from September.
I am particularly interested in whether the minutes contain reference to "The Rhodia incident" white phosphorus poisoning of wildfowl at Rattlechain Mere(lagoon) referred to in 3 previous CHaIRS meetings, and the subsequent positive tests carried out on a Canada Goose, mallard and
coot earlier in the year and subsequent statement by the VLA that the incident "confirms white phosphorus release is occurring from the site".
Have the CHaIRS group been updated on this issue regarding that two further mallards and a black headed gull are awaiting testing for P4?
Can you also confirm that the CHaIRS group is still continuing given that some member quangos such as VLA and Animal Health are merging soon, and the dates for these scheduled meetings?

I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received this request. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Carroll

Caseley, John,

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Dear Caseley, John,
Many thanks for the recent response.
I would like to clarify in reference to "the Rhodia incident" that there is no "alleged" white phosphorus poisoning of wild birds". Four birds so far tested for this chemical have all found it with no other cause of death being identified on post mortem. After seeking advice from American experts in this field of white phosphorus poisoning they support our observations concerning white phosphorus poisoning. They also note that white phosphorus is of the same order magnitude of poisons as strychnine and cyanide, and in an area known to contain sediment laced with the chemical, the problem will be likely to continue. The VLA have been informed of this locally, so I hope that this information has been passed on.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Carroll

Caseley, John,

Mr Carroll

 

This is a quick e-mail to let you know that, following agreement by the
CHaIRS group, information re: the group has now been placed on the FSA
website.

 

The relevant link is as follows:

 

[1]http://www.food.gov.uk/safereating/safco...

 

It is intended that all future agendas and minutes of meetings re: CHaIRS
will be placed on the website.

.

 

 

John Caseley

CHaIRS Group Secretary

Food Standards Agency

Tel: 020 7276 8799

 

 

Food Standards Agency (FSA)

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