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Review of historic ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection data
Project Code: MC1001
Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Weybridge
Watson, E ; Marier, E; Weston, J
This report reviews the data that are collected during ante mortem and post mortem inspection at abattoirs in Great Britain. During the course of this work abattoirs and the FSA York offices were visited to understand how the data are collected and how the information is managed.
The requirement for data recording at the abattoir is well embedded in the inspection procedure. It is also important to note that at the time of this review data systems were in a transitional state, with the recent introduction of a new Next Generation AM/PM system to manage data from pigs and poultry.
Recommendations have been made with the objective of gaining maximum value from the data, as follows:
- FSA should actively promote the availability the data.
- The list of conditions must be reviewed regularly. The matrix of conditions and body parts, where appropriate, must be as concise as possible.
- The working process should be clearly defined to add clarity for the recording of data for each species.
- The data need to be described in a way that points out any limitations.
- CCIR data should be promoted and developed across all the livestock sectors.
- There needs to be a clear program for the longer term development of data systems management.
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