The RSPCA has reaffirmed its commitment to its Freedom Food assurance scheme, amid speculation it was planning to drop the grant-funded mark. RSPCA members back the scheme, which costs 8p per animal, although a spokesman said three out of 25 council members want to run it down. RSPCA put £1.6m into the Freedom Food scheme in 2001 and generated £387,914 in licence fees from producers, down from £742,521 the year before. Producers pay £3 per £1,000 worth of wholesale product to use the assurance mark. Since it was set up in 1994, the scheme has spent about £10m on farm animal welfare improvements. {{NEWS }}