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Licensing, inspection and reporting regimes which govern the meat production and processing industries.

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Meat Industry Guide (MIG)

Guidance to assist UK meat plant operators whose premises require approval and veterinary control under the European Union Food Hygiene Regulations.

Audit of meat establishments

The FSA carries out routine audits of approved meat establishments (that is slaughterhouses, cutting plants and game handling establishments) in Britain. In Northern Ireland, these audits are carried out by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) on behalf of the FSA.

FSA and industry voluntary CCTV Protocol

The FSA and industry have agreed a voluntary protocol to allow Official Veterinarians access to CCTV at slaughterhouses to provide verification of animal welfare standards.

Food chain information

The EU food hygiene legislation requires slaughterhouse operators to request, receive, check and act upon food chain information (FCI) for all animals sent for slaughter for human consumption.

Trichinella in pigs

Trichinosis is a disease caused by the larvae, 'trichinae', of a small nematode worm (Trichinella spiralis), which can affect many species including humans.

HACCP in meat plants

'HACCP in meat plants' contains a short guide to completing a HACCP plan, information on training, a manual, CD-ROM, model documents and a food safety management diary. HACCP is an internationally recognised way of managing food safety and protecting consumers.

Stakeholder Group on Current and Future Meat Controls

The Current and Future Meat Controls Stakeholder Group (CFMC) is the core group of key meat stakeholders. The Group’s main purpose is to inform the Agency's work in developing proposals for more risk-based and proportionate meat hygiene and TSE/SRM requirements and the official controls relating to those requirements. The first meeting of this Group took place on 25 June 2010.

Steering Group on meat charging

The Steering Group on Meat Charging consists of Industry representatives from the production and processing sectors under an independent chair.