Links between sheep producers and processors strengthen
AHDB Beef & Lamb confirmed that, as of yesterday (Tuesday 1 March), a new list of post-mortem rejection conditions is being trialled in a number of sheep abattoirs. This comes as part of a project to improve information exchange between animal producers and meat processors.
The rejection conditions relate to circumstances that result in all or part of a carcase being rejected for human consumption.
The trial also involves a new electronic system for the Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR) and is taking place in 10 abattoirs across England and Wales. It comes as a part of a joint initiative between AHDB Beef & Lamb and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), created to address the farm-to-fork ethos in a more efficient and effective manner. It aims to improve public and animal health and animal welfare.
The new conditions are the result of a series of workshops on CCIR involving representatives from the meat industry, including producers and processors, which reviewed the data collected by meat hygiene inspectors at post-mortem inspection. Participants agreed on a list of rejection conditions to be trialled in a ‘live’ environment in order to gather feedback from the industry.
“It is essential that livestock arriving at slaughterhouses are healthy and that the highest welfare standards are maintained on farm and at slaughter, both in the interest of consumers at home and for the UK’s reputation in export markets,” said Oufa Doxon, AHDB CCIR project co-ordinator.
“Having an effective system for CCIR is an important part of this and hopefully the developments we are currently trialling will be beneficial for both producers and processors.”
AHDB has been working with sheep and cattle processors on the use of standardised screen layouts for offal and carcases to support the overall objective of the project.
“The current CCIR system has been effective in protecting consumers, but we know it can be more efficient, particularly around what inspection data is shared, so producers and processors can act on the problems identified efficiently,” said Ramon Romero, the FSA programme lead.
“Following meetings with meat industry stakeholders, the FSA has updated the list of post-mortem rejection conditions to ensure each condition relates directly to public or animal health, or animal welfare. Ultimately, the use of this data should increase efficiency and sustainability in the industry.
“I look forward to receiving the feedback from the 10 plants trialling the new list of conditions and the new CCIR IT reporting platform.”
Agreement on the new conditions is expected to be reached by the end of March. More information can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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