[Future role of the official veterinarian at the ante- and post-mortem inspection].Dtsch Tierarztl Wochenschr. 2006 Feb; 113(2):69-72.DT
The new European food hygiene legislation which will apply from 1 January 2006 on brings massive changes in the implementation of the ante- and post-mortem in-spection about. Key element in this new regulation is the introduction of a risk-based inspection of graduated intensity which in particular cases may be reduced to a document check and a visual inspection. Important changes also concern responsibility assignment between official veterinarian and official auxiliary in inspection tasks. Furthermore, the official veterinarian is assigned additional responsibility (animal welfare, animal health check). Regarding the extended competence of the official auxiliaries through the new regulation, food industry is requiring a diminution of the inspection costs. In this article, the future scope of duties of the official veterinarian at the ante- and post-mortem inspection is presented, as well as the practical consequences the implementation of the new meat hygiene regulation will have.