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Abattoir condemnation data remain under-used in decision making
  1. Katharina D. C. Stärk, Drmedvet, PhD, DipECVPH, MRCVS
  1. Royal Veterinary College, North Mymms,
    AL9 7TA, UK; e-mail:

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ALL food animals need to pass through abattoirs, making them good locations for the collection of livestock data. This offers opportunities to improve the surveillance of animal and public health hazards, as well as welfare monitoring. In recent years, several regulatory agencies have assessed the role of meat inspection as a source of information and the impact of possible changes in inspection techniques on detection rates, confirming the benefits of abattoir-based surveillance (Stärk and others 2014, Blagojevic and others 2015).

There are still a number of challenges with abattoir-based surveillance. For poultry inspection, Huneau-Salaün and others (2015) concluded that abattoir data are currently limited due to a lack of standardisation, analysis and reporting. Correia-Gomes and others (2016) investigated the sensitivity of pig slaughter data compared to data collected from porcine surveillance systems. They found that sensitivity was moderate to high for high-prevalence conditions and also highlighted the potential use of such data in monitoring regional trends. …

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