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Report on Inspections Carried Out by DAFM from 2016 - 2018 in Accordance with Regulation 6(1) of SI No. 363/2010 (Carcase Presentation/Trim)

1.7 million carcasses have been slaughtered to December 2018, 1.7 million for the year 2017 and 1.6 million for 2016. To date in 2018 there have been 521 inspections across 32 slaughter plants and 44,332 carcasses have been inspected by classification officers within DAFM. In 2017 there were 628 inspections and 56,330 carcases inspected and in 2016 there were 616 inspections on 57,000 carcases.

On average, each factory has been inspected 16 times to date with an average of 85 carcasses per inspection. The legal requirement is 8 inspections per year on only 40 carcasses per inspection. 

The level of non-compliance with the carcase trim specification found is 0.05% of all carcases inspected in 2018. In 2016 the percentage non-compliance is also 0.05%.

No fines were issued in 2017. A concerted campaign by DAFM,  with the co-operation of with Meat Industry Ireland,  took place in that year to raise awareness of the standard of presentation and the requirements for carcase dressing.

Further detail on the non-compliances is as follows:

2018

In 2018 non-compliance was identified in 3 factories: Emerald Isle Foods, Kildare Chilling and KEPAK Clare. A total of 19 carcasses were non-compliant.

Factory

2018

Total non-compliant carcases

Emerald Isle Foods*

5

Kildare Chilling Company

3

KEPAK Clare

11

Total

19

* Started classification in 2018

2016

Non-compliance with carcase presentation was identified in 4 factories in 2016: Kildare Chilling Company, Traditional Meats, Meadow Meats and Kepak Kilbeggan. A total of 28 carcasses were considered non-compliant.

Factory

2016

Total non-compliant carcases

Kildare Chilling Company

1

Traditional Meats

1

Meadow Meats*

10

KEPAK KiIlbeggan

16

Total

28

*On-the-spot notices issued to this company included incorrect references to the relevant legislation

Date Released: 21 December 2018