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IT is disappointing that in its ‘manifesto’ the BVA calls on the next Government to maintain the status quo for official controls in slaughterhouses. Currently, the responsibility for producing safe meat is shared between the food business operator (FBO) and Official Veterinarians (OVs). The FBO is required to only accept healthy animals for slaughter and is responsible for producing meat hygienically. The FBO's controls are subject to audit at risk-based intervals by trained veterinary auditors employed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The OVs, who are, in the main, graduates from other …
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