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HAS : English Slaughterhouses Score Well

by 5m Editor
17 March 2008, at 2:10pm

UK - As control systems have developed and the implications of poor hygienic practices have become better known, the evaluation of the hygienic status of premises has become more critical.

Since the creation of the meat hygiene service (MHS), one of the aims was to monitor hygiene on different premises to provide a means of comparing standards and to identify and encourage improvements. This desire led to the implementation of a scoring system known as the hygiene assessment system (HAS).

A report has been carried out analysing English slaughterhouse HAS scores between 1998 and 2005, outlining the main incidents throughout this period. Although rising initially, the later results displayed a clear decrease in the general hygiene scores.

These revealing results coincide with the start of a new meat inspection system where, after several years of discussion, risk-based inspection is finally coming to a reality within Europe.

The full paper can be found in Food Control, Volume 19, issue 8 or click here for an abstract.

5m Editor