FSA launches slaughterhouse disinfection consultation

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a consultation on alternative systems for the disinfection of tools in slaughterhouses, cutting plants and approved game handling establishments (AGHEs). 

Current legislation requires that slaughterhouses and cutting plants processing meat of domestic ungulates and poultry, and AGHE, “have facilities for disinfecting tools with hot water supplied at not less than 82°C, or an alternative system having an equivalent effect”. 

Running until 12 January, the aim of the consultation is to seek views on alternative methods of disinfecting these tools. 

The FSA does warn that any suggestions for alternative methods should take into consideration the impact on exporting contractual agreements that may be in place, and that any trial must not impact on food safety and operate within legislative requirements. It recommends that any tool, after being swabbed to test the effectiveness of an alternative disinfection method, must then be disinfected in 82°C water before coming into contact with a carcase again.

The deadline for responses is 12 January 2018 and they can be sent to Raj.pal@food.gsi.gov.uk or Food Standards Agency Corporate Support Unit, 1st Floor, 125 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6NH.

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