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Organisation Reference Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF), UK Government
Wildpro Referenced Responsibilities:- Conventions, Legislation, Codes of Conduct, Manuals --
Notes In 2001, the DETR (see: Website Ref - W5 - Wildlife and Countryside Directorate, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)) was merged with MAFF to form a new ministry entitled:

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

The information on the previous government departments remains available as there are data references made to the previous ministries.

MAFF was formerly the Ministry of the UK Government with responsibility for:

  • Farming
  • Fisheries
  • Food and Drink
  • Rural development
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Environment
  • About MAFF
  • Plants and seeds
  • Horticulture

MAFF Agencies include:

  • Central Science Laboratory
  • The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
  • Farming and Rural Conservation Agency
  • Pesticides Safety Directorate
  • Veterinary Laboratories Agency
  • Veterinary Medicines Directorate

The following information is quoted directly, unabridged, from the "About MAFF" section of the Website:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) is often seen as being simply about farming and supporting farmers. It still has that traditional role but its concerns go far wider: our highly complex food chain involves not only production and processing, but issues such as food safety, the environmental impact of farming, and the wider contexts of the UK economy and the European Union.

The food we eat, the flowers we buy or grow, the sprays we use in the garden, the fields we walk in and the beaches where we relax on holiday, are all part of a large, inter-related system. Modern agriculture, fishing and food are high-tech, high-science industries vital to us all, with complex inter-relationships. Hence the need for help and guidance by a national multi-faceted ministry, MAFF and the Agriculture Departments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Essentially, MAFF's job is to help improve the economic performance of these industries, especially in the expanding markets of Europe and the wider world. At the same time it has to protect our health and conserve our natural environment.

This calls for sensitive forms of management at key points in these systems: to allow the market to operate; to maintain food safety; to prevent animal and plant diseases; to control pollution and to protect the ecology of the countryside and the seas. This in turn needs a strong base of expert scientific research, testing and monitoring.

Dates Referenced April 2001
Contact Details



  • MAFF, 1A Page Street, London SW1p 4PQ Tel. 020 7904 6000


  • LINCOLN Ceres House, 2 Searby Road, Lincoln. LN2 4DW. Tel. 01522 529951
  • CARLISLE. Hadrian House, Wavell Drive, Rosehill, Carlisle. CA1 2TB Tel. 01228 591999
  • LEEDS. Government Buildings, Otley Road, Leeds. LS16 5PZ Tel. 0113 230 0100
  • STAFFORD. Castle House, Newport Road, Stafford. ST16 1DL Tel. 01785 251147
  • PRESTON. Barton Hall, Garstang Road, Barton, Preston. PR3 5HE Tel. 01772 861144


  • BURY ST EDMUNDS. Southgate Street, Bury St Edmunds. IP33 2BD Tel. 01284 754323
  • CHELMSFORD. Beeches Road, Chelmsford. CM1 2RU Tel. 01245 358383
  • LEICESTER. Saffron House, Tigers Road, Wigston, Leicester. LE18 4UY Tel. 0116 2787451/9
  • REIGATE. Liberty House, 105 Bell Street, Reigate Surrey. RH2 7JB. Tel. 01737 242242
  • READING. Coley Park, Reading. RG1 6LY. Tel. 0118 9596695


  • TRURO. Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro. TR1 2XD Tel. 01872 265500
  • EXETER. Clyst House, Winslade Park, Clyst St Mary, Exeter. EX5 1DY Tel. 01392 266373
  • GLOUCESTER. Elmbridge Court, Cheltenham Road, Gloucester. GL3 1AG Tel. 01452 316400
  • TAUNTON. Quantock House, Paul Street, Taunton. TA1 3NX Tel. 01823 337922
  • WORCESTER. Government Buildings, Whittington Road, Worcester. WR5 2LQ Tel. 01905 767111


  • HEAD OFFICE. National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff. CF10 3NQ Tel. 0292082 5111
  • CARDIFF. Gov’t Buildings, 66 Ty Glas Road, Llanishen, Cardiff. CF4 5ZBTel. 0292032 5200
  • CAERNARFON. Crown Buildings, Penrallt, Caernarfon. LL55 1EP Tel. 01286 674144
  • CARMARTHEN. Government Buildings, Picton Terrace. Carmarthen, SA31 3BT Tel. 01267 225300


  • HEAD OFFICE. Pentland House, 47 Robb's Loan, Edinburgh. EH14 1TW Tel. 0131 556 8400.
  • INVERURIE. Thainstone Court, Inverurie. AB51 5YA Tel. 01467 626300
  • INVERNESS. Government Buildings, 28 Longman Road, Inverness. IV1 1SF Tel. 01463 234141
  • PERTH. Jeanfield House, 4 Jeanfield Road, Perth. PH1 1PQ Tel. 01738 625148
  • AYR. Russel House, King Street, Ayr. KA8 0BE Tel. 01292 268525
  • GALASHIELS. Cotgreen Road, Tweedbank, Galashiels. TD1 3SG Tel. 01896 758806
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Specific References (Please note - website addresses change frequently and all references are dated accordingly. If hyperlinks are no longer active, please inform us)

Reference Section of Website Specific Website link
W32.Apl01.sib1 Foot-and-Mouth Disease http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/default.htm
W32.Mar02.sib1 Foot-and-Mouth Disease Order 1983 (S.I. 1983/1950) Restrictions http://maffweb/animalh/diseases/fmd/restrictions.htm (Link no longer operational as at 04 June 2001).
W32.Apl01.sib2 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.1: What is the risk of causing new outbreaks of FMD by moving livestock directly from "Farm A" to "Farm B"? (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib3 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.2: slaughter policy on contiguous premises(Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib4 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.3: Bulk Feed Delivery to Form D premises by lorry (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib5 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.4: What is the risk of causing new outbreaks of FMD if footpaths are open to the public? (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib6 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.5: What is the risk that Feral Deer on infected premises will cause outbreaks of FMD on other premises? (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib7 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.6: What is the risk of causing new outbreaks of FMD by moving sheep directly from "Farm A" (on which animals have been exposed to the risk of infection by proximity to an infected premises, or in some other way) to an alternative place of slaughter, and from there to a further place for disposal? (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib8 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.7: What is the risk of feral wild boar becoming infected with FMD and subsequently causing new incidents of FMD in domestic livestock? (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib9 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.8: What is the risk of causing new outbreaks of fmd if animals are slaughtered and their meat and waste products are distributed through the normal channels? (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib10 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.9: What is the risk of causing new outbreaks of FMD if deer parks are open to the public? (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Jun01.sib01 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.10: What is the risk of causing a new outbreak of FMD by staging a horseracing meeting? http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/risk/risk10.asp
W32.Jun01.sib02 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.11: What is the risk of causing new outbreaks of FMD if farm visits by MAFF personnel are resumed http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/risk/risk11.asp
W32.Jun01.sib02 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.12: What is the risk of causing a new outbreak of FMD by staging a specified equestrian event? http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/risk/risk12a.asp
W32.Apl01.sib14 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.13: What is the risk of causing new outbreaks of FMD by moving hay and straw onto a farm? (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Jun01.sib04 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.14: What is the risk of causing a new outbreak of FMD by staging an official equestrian event on non-agricultural land? http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/risk/risk14.asp
W32.Jun01.sib05 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.15: What is the risk of causing new outbreaks of FMD as a result of sheep shearing? http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/risk/risk15.asp
W32.Jun01.sib06 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.16: What is the risk of causing new outbreaks of fmd by allowing farm shops to open? http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/risk/risk16.asp
W32.Jun01.sib07 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.17: What is the risk that car boot sales on agricultural land will cause new outbreaks of FMD? http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/risk/risk17.asp
W32.Jun01.sib07 Veterinary Risk Assessment No.18: What is the risk of causing new outbreaks of FMD through collection and transport of bull semen and artificial insemination of cows? (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/risk/risk18.asp
W32.Apl01.sib11 Veterinary Risk Assessment (no number specified): What is the risk of migratory geese spreading foot and mouth disease virus? (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib15 MAFF: Biosecurity - advice for cattle and sheep farmers (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib16 MAFF: "Code of practice for hauliers and buyers of milk" and "Manufacturers of air filters or filter systems approved for use on milk tankers operating in a Foot and Mouth Disease infected area" (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib17 MAFF: Advice and precautions for zoos, wildlife parks etc (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib18 MAFF: Approach to Vaccination of Animals in Zoos (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib19 MAFF: Restocking [FMD] Form A premises: A farmers guide(Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib20 List of susceptible species commonly kept in zoos (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib21 Guidance on the Storage, Handling and Movement of Animal Manures and Slurries (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib22 Silage and hay-making, and grassland management, during Foot and Mouth disease restrictions: guidance for farmers. (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib23 Measures to Allow Movement of Big Bale Silage within a Protection Zone(Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/
W32.Apl01.sib24 Adjusting the pH as a means of disinfection against Foot and Mouth Virus (Full Text Available) http://www.maff.gov.uk/animalh/

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