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Comparison of post-mortem inspection findings of outdoor and indoor fattening pigs: a qualitative risk assessment approach
Project Code: MC1002;
- Hill A., Brouwer A., Donaldson N., Lambton S., Buncic S. & Griffiths I., A risk and benefit assessment for visual-only meat inspection of indoor and outdoor pigs in the United Kingdom, Food Control (2012), doi: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2012.04.031.
Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Weybridge
The current system of post-mortem inspection using the typical macroscopic inspection techniques is ineffective in identifying the most common foodborne illness risks, e.g. Salmonella and Campylobacter. Therefore, there is a need to adopt a more appropriate, risk-based approach to meat inspection. One specific example of modifying traditional inspection techniques to represent a more cost-effective approach to meat inspection is the allowance in EC Regulation 854/2004 for only visual inspection of pigs that have been reared under controlled housing conditions since weaning. However, the definition of controlled housing excludes outdoor pig production from visual-only meat inspection. We have therefore conducted a qualitative risk assessment to assess the comparative risks to public and animal health from allowing visual-only inspection of both indoor and outdoor pigs.
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