Association of
Independent Meat Suppliers

AIMS - what do we do?…

AIMS (the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers) is an association representing medium and small independent businesses in the slaughtering and further processing sector. Members of AIMS make up the major proportion of the medium and small sized slaughtering and processing sector in England & Wales.

Our members serve livestock farmers' whole range of needs and satisfy consumer requirements through the huge range of outlets being retail butchers, major retailers seeking local and regional product, local and national catering outlets, farm shops, schools, hospitals and the whole range of institutional outlets. Delivering exports also represents an extremely important part of the role of AIMS member plants.

Small and medium sized abattoirs deal with over 50% of the nation's animals including traditional, ethnic and other specialist market requirements.

AIMS …

believes that the UK has become more susceptible to food frauds in recent years, not because of a lack of clarity over the responsibilities of Government departments or the 2010 machinery of Government changes, but the Food Standards Agency (FSA) losing sight of the roles given to it by Parliament and expending most it its resource and energy on the delivery of non risk-based controls in meat plants, a function not appropriate for a Government department.

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