AHDB Pork agree on abattoir monitoring transition

Industry levy board AHDB Pork has announced an agreement on the 12 offal conditions to be monitored at abattoir-level under the new Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR) programme.

This development puts it in a strong position to roll out the programme for offal on a national level, with the aim of it replacing the British Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) from March 2017.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is legally required to provide information to producers, regarding their findings at anti-mortem and post-mortem at the abattoir, currently this is supported by BPHS and is the requirement for CCIR, explained Emma Bailey-Beech, AHDB Pork food safety project manager.

However, AHDB Pork gained evidence during work through the BPHS, which found that CCIR was accurate for the national herd but not necessarily for each batch of pigs presented for slaughter.

So weve been working closely with industry and continue to work with FSA and their meat inspectors, to improve the accuracy of CCIR before BPHS is phased out.

FSA programme lead, Ramon Romero, said that the list of conditions to be recorded by meat inspectors in abattoirs have been reviewed as part of a joint FSA and AHDB Pork project, with the aim of improving information exchange between livestock producers and processors.

The list has been completed by working with stakeholders and other government departments to have more focused post-mortem inspection conditions which farmers can act upon, he said.

Im very confident that were building a more robust platform to ensure conditions that relate to public or animal health or animal welfare are reported consistently and promptly to ensure the necessary action is taken.

In agreement with industry partners, the FSA-funded trial will begin shortly to validate the new lists and the system processes supporting it.

Once the validation phase is complete, we plan to test the system at a mixture of plants so we cover a range of situations before an improved CCIR is rolled out.

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