Approved establishments and official controls

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The Food Standards Agency is responsible for meat inspection duties in approved meat establishments in England, Scotland and Wales. It is the role of the Agency to help ensure that the meat industry safeguards the health of the public, and the health and welfare of animals at slaughter.

To achieve this, the FSA delivers 'official controls' in approved meat establishments. The FSA is the central competent authority in the UK responsible for carrying out official controls. These controls require specified inspections of all animals, carcasses and offal through risk-based audits to verify that approved fresh meat premises comply with EU Food Hygiene Regulations.

The FSA also undertakes official controls on behalf of Defra on animal health and welfare (see link below) to ensure compliance with legislative requirements. 

The FSA carries out these controls in slaughterhouses, cutting premises, farmed and wild game facilities and co-located minced meat and meat products premises.

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Approved Food Establishments

Establishments handling, preparing or producing products of animal origin for which requirements are laid down in Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, must be approved by the competent authority in accordance with Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 and Article 4 of Regulation 853/2004.

Manual for Official Controls

The Manual for Official Controls provides details of the tasks, responsibilities and duties Food Standards Agency (FSA) staff and veterinary contractors undertake in approved establishments.

Meat hygiene official controls cost data

Information on the costs of delivering meat hygiene official controls in meat premises in England and Wales for the financial year 2018/19. This information will enable anyone with an interest in this area to see the breakdown of costs and understand how charges to industry are calculated.

Approved establishments and official controls

The Food Standards Agency is responsible for meat inspection duties in approved meat establishments in England, Scotland and Wales. It is the role of the Agency to help ensure that the meat industry safeguards the health of the public, and the health and welfare of animals at slaughter.

Framework Agreement

The Framework Agreement on Official Feed and Food Controls by Local Authorities provides the Agency with a mechanism for implementing its powers under the Food Standards Act to influence and oversee local authority enforcement activity.