England and Wales
Since 1 April 2012, dairy hygiene inspections in England and Wales have been carried out by FSA staff (who have appropriate qualifications and training). This follows a review and the decision to take these inspections in house. Prior to April 2012, the FSA contracted the carrying out official controls at milk production holdings in England and Wales to the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) and its predecessor organisations.
Inspectors enforce parts of European Commission regulations 852/2004, 853/2004, 854/2004 and the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 and Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006 as amended. These regulations apply to all premises used for the production of raw milk for human consumption, and involve the registration of approved production premises (dairy farms), inspection of milking premises, equipment and milk-producing animals, and enforcing satisfactory standards.
The inspectors also supervise a sampling programme of raw drinking milk, which is carried out on behalf of the FSA by Eclipse Scientific Group in England and Wales.