Poultry Meat: Inspections

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th July 2020.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many instances of (a) peritonitis, (b) hepatitis, (c) pericarditis and (d) aspergillosis were identified by post-mortem inspection of poultry and prevented from entering the food chain from 1 January 2013 to 31 March 2020.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) holds the following data. For the period 1 January 2013 – 31 March 2020 the following instances were identified at post-mortem and prevented from entering the food chain:

Condition

Number of Instances

Peritonitis

7,206,870

Hepatitis

11,508,455

Pericarditis

6,538,354

*Aspergillosis

*Not Specifically Recorded

Note:

*With poultry, conditions identified at post-mortem inspection point that are not specifically recorded by name are recorded into the FSA Collection and Communication of Inspection Results IT system as either ‘Other Factory’ (processing) or ‘Other farm’ (for example jaundice, Oregon, white muscle).

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