Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Utilizing abattoir inspection results

Synonym(s): Abattoir Inspection, OV, Herd health planning, FCI
 
 

Contributor(s): Pia Gjertsen Prestmo, Andrew Grist, Ed van Klink, Jo Oultram

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Introduction

  • All animals slaughtered in the UK undergo official inspection procedures before and after slaughter.
  • It is the responsibility of the Official Veterinarian (OV) in the abattoir to record conditions and diseases found during inspection that might negatively affect public health, animal health or animal welfare.
  • The Official Veterinarian must communicate these records back to the producer and his or her private veterinarian.
  • These records are routinely used in the UK in the pig and poultry industry to monitor and improve overall herd/flock health and welfare.
  • In cattle and sheep farming, information from inspection at slaughter is less accessed by both vets and producers, and there is thus a great potential for using these records in monitoring and improvement of animal health and welfare.

How is inspection performed?

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How can information be obtained?

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What kind of information can be obtained?

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How can information from abattoir inspection be used in herd health management?

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMed Resource.
  • Watson E, Marier E & Weston J (2011) Review of historic ante mortem and post mortem inspection data. Food Standards Agency, pp 13–19.
  • Edwards D S, Johnston A M & Mead G C (1997) Meat Inspection: an Overview of Present Practices and Future Trends. The Veterinary Journal 154 pp 135-147 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Grist A (2008) Bovine Meat Inspection. Nottingham. Nottingham University Press.  
  • European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (2004) Regulation (EC) No. 854/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004. Official Journal of the European Union, Luxemborg.

Organisation(s)

  • University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Science.


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