UK - The BPEX Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) will be operating in abattoirs until summer 2015.
However, the review of the carcass data reporting system is ongoing and work is progressing on a transition to an alternative system, according to BPEX.
Emma Bailey-Beech, BPEX Health information and Food Safety Coordinator, explains there are currently two carcass data collection methods in operation: BPHS which is run by BPEX, and the Collection and Communication of Inspection Results Scheme (CCIR) provided by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
She said: “The plan is to incorporate key elements of the current BPHS, into a single, cost-effective CCIR system which provides high quality post mortem data feedback to all producers.”
In order to appreciate the implications of these changes and to get an understanding of how the BPHS and CCIR systems are perceived and, more importantly, how CCIR could be improved, BPEX hosted a survey.
“Surprisingly, only 76per cent of respondents were aware of the data reports available from the FSA through CCIR, whilst 100 per cent were aware of the BPHS scheme,” acknowledged Ms Bailey-Beech.
Results highlighted that there are some areas of work required on the current CCIR scheme.
She said: “For example, only 25 per cent of respondents who received CCIR said that they always, or often, discussed data with vets on routine farm visits, compared to the 76 per cent who discuss BPHS results.”
Also, only a very low proportion of respondents said that they used the CCIR data to make decisions on herd treatments or management changes. Producers highlighted that the presentation of results needs to be improved so that the information is easier to work with.
Ms Bailey-Beech said: “The feedback from the survey has presented us with some specific work areas to address, particularly the perception of accuracy.
“Over the coming months, we will continue to work closely with the FSA, taking on board these comments in order to make the CCIR scheme as efficient as possible, as quickly as possible, for those involved.
“For this reason, BPHS will remain in place for at least the next 12 months, until a transition to a single, effective CCIR system which meets the needs of all key stakeholders has been achieved.”
BPHS abattoir assessment dates are available online at www.bpex.org.uk/2TS/health/Bphs/AssessmentDays.aspx.
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