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.