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Guidance notes for meat and livestock regulations
Guidance on the legislation on animal by-products and edible co-products for operators of meat plants.
The Food Standards Agency provides a range of services in approved meat premises across Great Britain. Some of these services are currently paid for by other Government departments, for example, checks on animal by product controls. Other services are charged to food business operators (FBOs).
Hygiene standards for acceptable and unacceptable levels of cleanliness for cattle and sheep being presented for slaughter and benefits of good biosecurity on broiler farms.
This guidance will help meat processors comply with the moratorium on the production of 'desinewed meat' (DSM).
Revised guidance for veterinary surgeons on emergency slaughter of cattle has been developed jointly by the British Cattle Veterinary Association, and other veterinary organisations with assistance from the Food Standards Agency and UK Rural Affairs Departments.
From 1 January 2010 EU food hygiene legislation required slaughterhouse operators to ‘request, receive, check and act upon’ food chain information (FCI) for all cattle, sheep and goats sent for slaughter for human consumption. The Agency has produced guidance and model forms to help food businesses.
The EU food hygiene legislation requires slaughterhouse operators to 'request, receive, check and act upon' food chain information (FCI) for all pigs sent to the slaughterhouse.
Since 1 January 2006, poultry intended for human consumption have required FCI to be supplied.
The EU food hygiene legislation required slaughterhouse operators to request, receive, check and act upon food chain information (FCI) for all animals sent for slaughter for human consumption.
These arrangements combine the certification of the results of the ante mortem inspection with food chain information and certification that farmed game animals and ratites were slaughtered and bled correctly together with confirmation of the date and time of slaughter.
Guidance providing information on the law covering the home slaughter of livestock.
Guidance to assist UK meat plant operators whose premises require approval and veterinary control under the European Union Food Hygiene Regulations.
Guidance for official controllers and enforcement officers in FSA and LAs on the approach to be taken on the enforcement of the legislative requirements.
Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004 defines snails as meaning: terrestrial gastropods of the species Helix pomatia Linné, Helix aspersa Muller, Helix lucorum and species of the family Achatinidae. This guidance outlines the regulations that apply to the production, harvest and import of the snails defined by the regulation.
Guidance on the revised provisions on nitrates/nitrates in meat products set out in The Miscellaneous Food Additives and the Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2007 and parallel regulations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Guidance on the criteria for operators wishing to be authorised to slaughter poultry on-farm and supply uneviscerated birds to approved poultry producers for delayed evisceration.
Guidance for hunters on trichinella testing procedures for feral wild boar carcasses. The information only covers trichinella in feral wild boar shot by hunters for private consumption or for sale in local retail shops.
Information on the hygiene regulations for people who shoot wild game and supply it either in-fur or in-feather or as small quantities of wild game meat and ways to make sure meat is safe to eat.
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