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Pig meat inspection as a health and welfare tool

C. Devitt, L. Boyle, D. L. Teixeira, N. E. O'Connell, M. Hawe, A. Hanlon

THERE is growing acknowledgement of the value of expanding the role of meat inspection to better inform animal health and welfare management plans on pig farms. However, the use of meat inspection data as a health and welfare diagnostic tool can depend on wider contextual issues, such as stakeholder engagement and communication processes between processors and producers.

The aim of this study was to use a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) strategic analysis tool to explore the potential development of pig meat inspection as an animal welfare and diagnostic tool.

Two focus groups were conducted: focus group 1 with four Republic of Ireland government veterinarians involved in meat inspection and farm animal welfare, and focus group 2 with four meat inspectors working in Northern Ireland. Three telephone interviews were conducted with managers of pig processing plants, and interviews were also conducted with representatives from Bord Bia (the Irish state agency for the promotion of Irish food), the Food and …

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