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EFSA recommends changes to meat inspection processes

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THE European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended that changes should be made to existing processes for inspecting meat from cattle, sheep and goats, farmed game and domestic solipeds such as horses.

The recommendations follow the completion of a major review by the EFSA of meat inspection practices for a range of species. The agency has previously published opinions on the inspection of pig and poultry meat, in 2011 and 2012. For all types of meat-producing animals, the EFSA took a risk-based approach to identifying foodborne biological and chemical hazards and ranking them according to their risk to public health.

The review followed a request from the European Commission (EC), which has decided that meat inspection processes should be modernised. The EFSA says that traditional practices of meat inspection are not always suitable for detecting …

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