Developing official control in slaughterhouses through internal audits

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Luukkanen , J , Nevas , M , Fredriksson-Ahomaa , M & Lundén , J 2018 , ' Developing official control in slaughterhouses through internal audits ' , Food Control , vol. 90 , pp. 344-351 .

Title: Developing official control in slaughterhouses through internal audits
Author: Luukkanen, Jenni; Nevas, Mari; Fredriksson-Ahomaa, Maria; Lundén, Janne
Contributor organization: Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Janne Lundén / Principal Investigator
Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Mari Nevas / Principal Investigator
Maria Fredriksson-Ahomaa / Principal Investigator
Food Control research group
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Food Control
ISSN: 0956-7135
Abstract: In the European Union, competent authorities are obligated to arrange audits to ensure that the official control (comprising meat and food safety inspections) in slaughterhouses is performed according to legislation. Previous information on the functionality of these audits and on non-conformities observed in the official control of slaughterhouses is limited. In this study, non-conformities of the official control of slaughterhouses and their correction were analysed from the internal audit reports of the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira. To further assess the benefits and needs for improvement of the audits, we conducted interviews with the chief official veterinarians (OVs) responsible for the controls in slaughterhouses and the auditors of Evira. According to our results, non-conformities, especially in the inspection of intestines of bovines and swine, were common. Regarding food safety inspections, OVs should develop their documentation, perform the follow-up of the correction of non-compliances more systematically, and improve the enforcement, especially in smaller red meat slaughterhouses. Based on our results, internal audits appeared to be beneficial, as non-conformities in the official control were noticed, most non-conformities were corrected or corrective measures had been taken, and the audits were assessed as necessary by both the auditors and auditees. Our results can be utilized in improving the official control and audit procedures in slaughterhouses. In the future, the uniformity of meat inspection could be improved by auditing also differences in the rejections and their reasons between official auxiliaries in post-mortem inspection.
Subject: Non-conformity
Meat inspection
Food safety inspection
413 Veterinary science
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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