Post-mortem inspection system shows early success

Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR) trials have got off to a strong start.

From late September, trials of CCIR post-mortem condition cards and training of meat inspectors will commence, helping with the collection of data.

According to Emma Bailey-Beech, food safety project manager for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Boards (AHDB) Pork division, Karro Food Group in Melton is one of five processing plants involved in the wider trial.

Working as part of the CCIR team, consisting of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), AHDB, the British Meat Processors Association and other major UK pork processors, Karro, as one of the UKs major slaughter sites, saw the benefit in the change from paper-based recording to the one vision approach.

They were keen to get involved in the testing phase and are using additional screens on the line to record the new condensed list of offal and carcase conditions.

Karro has reported that good progress has been made and endorses the new system, acknowledging that it has great potential in supplying pig producers with accurate real-time information concerning the health and welfare of pigs delivered to site.

Following the trials, all FSA inspectors will be trained with the finalised condition cards.

The effectiveness of both the condition cards and training package will be validated with an online verification assessment in late September. This will be measured against an already completed baseline assessment carried out at Karro. Once complete, this training will be rolled out regionally.

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