21 Jun 2018
DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE PERMANENT MONITORING OF CARCASE TRIM BY AGRICULTURAL OFFICERS IN THE MEAT PLANTSCattle
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has confirmed to IFA that he has moved to provide permanent monitoring of carcase trim in the meat factories by Department of Agriculture technical officers.
IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said this is a positive move, which IFA welcomes, but it must also extend to cover monitoring and closer controls on carcase classification, weights and the provision of an independent appeals system.
Angus Woods said Minister Creed confirmed in a letter that in response to the demand from the IFA for Department AOs to monitor trim, “The Veterinary Public Health Inspection staff in conjunction with the Beef Carcase Classification section are currently putting in place a training and reporting system to facilitate the monitoring of carcase presentation by Technical officers permanently based in the Meat factories.”