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Cat microchipping to be made mandatory

  • 99% of people support compulsory microchipping for cats according to recent Government consultation
  • Owners will be required to microchip their cats by the time they reach 20 weeks of age
  • Microchipping cats will help reunite thousands of lost or stray pets every year

Lost or stray pet cats are more likely to be...Read More »


Mental health benefits of visiting UK Woodland’s estimated at £185 million

Visits to the UK’s woodlands boosts mental health and is estimated to save £185 million in treatment costs annually, a landmark report published by Forest Research finds today (4 December).

The report, published during ‘National Tree Week’ and funded by the Forestry Commission, Scottish Forestry and the Welsh Government, is the...Read More »


Trade Secretary champions small businesses to reach their export potential

Small businesses across the country are in prime position to seize the opportunities of new trade deals and help the UK become an exporting superpower, the Trade Secretary says today.

On Small Business Saturday, Anne-Marie Trevelyan heralds the power of small businesses and encourages them to take up recently revamped Government...Read More »


US market to open doors to UK lamb from 2022

Exports of British lamb to the US market can resume from next year after more than two decades of restrictions.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today confirmed it has amended the rule which currently prevents imports of lamb from the UK into the USA. The amended “small ruminant rule”...Read More »


Latest notices for traders from Defra, December 2021

Please note that the information in this page has been issued by Defra, not the Government Chemist, and it is published to increase dissemination amongst Government Chemist stakeholders.

Import requirements from 1 January 2022

From 1 January 2022, businesses importing products of animal origin, animal by-products and high risk foods not...Read More »


Building Digital UK to become executive agency of DCMS

Executive agencies are specialist bodies within government departments. They are set up to deliver a service fundamental to the policy of their sponsor department.

Building Digital UK (BDUK) currently sits within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is delivering the government’s £5 billion Project Gigabit to bring...Read More »


Bereaved partners urged to come forward for more support

Press release

Bereaved partners in England are urged to come forward for more financial support from the England Infected Blood Support Scheme

Joint Statement from UK Competition and Markets Authority, U.S. FTC and DOJ Antitrust Division leadership following the G7 Competition Enforcers Summit

News story

Leadership of the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice attended meetings in London this week as part of the Competition Enforcers Summit, which took place under the 2021 G7 Digital and Technology Track in connection with...Read More »


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