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Pre-skinning Treatments of Slaughtered Cattle and Sheep to Improve Meat Safety

Institutions
Bristol University
Start date
2005
End date
2007
Objective
  • In-abattoir decontamination methods of cattle and sheep hides/fleeces will be developed and analysed to determine any significant improvements in bacterial contamination.
  • A HACCP-based meat safety system will be developed for the incorporation of potential hide/fleece decontamination processes in the abattoir.
More information
The hide/fleece represents a major factor for cross-contamination of the resultant meat carcasses during dressing.

In particular, parts of the carcass close to the cutting lines can be at risk of contamination.

The use of a post-slaughter cleaning technique as part of an abattoir's procedures based on HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) could be used in conjunction with an anti mortem clean livestock inspection with the potential to further improve meat safety.

Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the Food Standards Agency Research webpage.

Funding Source
Food Standards Agency
Project number
M01046
Categories
Risk Assessment, Management, and Communication
Bacterial Pathogens
Commodities
Meat, Poultry, Game