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Modernisation of meat inspection

SAMW has given a qualified welcome for the completion by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of a ‘major piece of work’ dealing with the modernisation of meat inspection across the EU.

Responding to media questions on the issue, Ian Anderson, SAMW Executive Manager, said: “The current system of meat inspection has its origins in the late 19th century when public health risks were different from those of today. SAMW has been making the case for the modernisation of meat inspection in Europe for the past four years so we are pleased to see the EFSA opinion supporting this. The new meat inspection of pigs was agreed recently and we look forward to being involved in the development of new systems for cattle and sheep by the EU Commission in the months ahead.”

To see EFSA’s moderisation announcement click here