To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what regulations govern the work of veterinary surgeons in (a) pig and poultry abattoirs and (b) meat-cutting plants.
I have been asked to reply.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for official controls in all approved fresh meat establishments in Great Britain to verify that food business operators comply with hygiene and other legislation including animal welfare. Approved fresh meat establishments include abattoirs; cutting plants; game handling establishments; meat preparations and meat products establishments; and co-located cold stores.
Veterinary surgeons working in approved fresh meat establishments are employed either directly or indirectly, as contract staff, by the FSA.
The work which these veterinary surgeons carry out in fresh meat establishments is governed by EC Regulation 854/2004 and the United Kingdom Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.