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An Evaluation of Changes to Legislation Governing Official Controls in Pig Approved Slaughterhouses

Institutions
Ipsos MORI
Start date
2014
End date
2015
Objective

The overall aim of this research is to systematically and robustly assess the roll out and operation (process evaluation) of the changes to legislation governing official controls in pig slaughterhouses. It is also to review how the FSA’s current system of data collection will allow us to monitor the impact of the legislative changes across UK slaughterhouses and to make recommendations on any additional useful measures.

To achieve these aims, a qualitative case study approach will be used in a number of plants including in-depth interviews and observation. In others, telephone interviews will be used only. The researchers will also review existing data sources for the purpose of the monitoring framework and speak to some stakeholders and staff in spring and summer 2014.

Fieldwork for the case study research is planned for spring and summer 2014 and summer 2015, for which, the researchers will be contacting operators of a range of approved pig slaughterhouses, seeking the participation of their management and staff. FSA officials (and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland) carrying out official controls in pig slaughterhouses will also be invited to participate.

More information

Background: On 22 May 2013, European member states voted on proposals to change the legislation governing official controls in pig slaughterhouses. Member states agreed to strengthen Salmonella controls in slaughterhouses, introduce a more targeted Trichinella testing regime and reduce carcass handling to minimise cross-contamination. The new legislation aims to improve food safety by increasing the focus on microbiological hazards, which are the main foodborne risk of today.

The FSA requires a full process evaluation to assess the roll out and operation of these changes. Another key part of the work is to review how the FSA’s current system of data collection will allow us to monitor the impact of the legislative changes across UK slaughterhouses and make recommendations on any additional useful measures.

The results of the research will help the FSA to understand how the changes are working in practice and will also help to identify where further assistance is needed – for example training and information.

Funding Source
Food Standards Agency
Project source
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Project number
FS101112
Categories
Legislation and Regulations
Parasites
Natural Toxins
Viruses and Prions
Bacterial Pathogens
Chemical Contaminants
Salmonella
Prevention and Control