refuses to recognise that the UK is free of Trichinella. The
testing we do at present is enough to maintain free status but
they do not accept that we have done enough to establish free
status in the first place.
The only way we can achieve
free status is to follow their testing programme for three
years. After that we can go back to the current testing
programme base...d on cull sows and boars.
The good news
is that the testing is paid for by the Food Standards Agency.
The testing programme will be fully implemented from
BPA is working with other industry organisations
to get the best possible interpretation of the rules to reduce
the impact on our members and small scale producers.
Following a meeting with FSA they have agreed that
there will be no retrospective action against pig keepers who
declare their premises as controlled housing in good faith. .
The directive allows pigs with some outdoor access to be
considered as controlled housing subject to a risk assesment. The
FSA is working on this risk assesemnt and expects to have some
more guidance for pig producers in the new year.
pigs are completely free range in teh woods then you are not going
to meet the conditions for controlled housing but if your pigs spend
part or thie lives in buildings then you may be able to claim
Declaring your pigs as non-controlled
housing should not be a problem is the testing regime is being run
properly. We need feedback from members who are having problems with
testing particulalry if you are unable to get your carcasses back in
FSA have written to all abattoirs on 22nd
October confirmting that they have to test pigs which are not
declared as "controlled housing" on the EAML2 movement licence. We
have been asking FSA to work with us to produce a pragmatic
interpretation of "controlled housing" but that will not now be
available until 2015 at the earliest. In the meantime please let us
know of any problems you may be experiencing with the testing
process. Click here
for a copy of the rules on "controlled housing"
A survey of our pedigree pork members suggests
most abbattoirs have a plan for implementing Trichinela testing. If
you are still experiencing problems with your abbattoir accepting
pigs that require testing, charging for the test or excessive delays
in returning carcasses please let us know your problems by email
with the name of the abbattoir so that we can follow this up with
June 16th 2014
Confirmation from the FSA website that all the
testing costs are paid by FSA if using their service the only charge
might be time taken to collect the sample. Also that they are
working with the abbattoirs to get everything in place by October.
Carcasses that have been tested may still be moved to
secondary cutting plants whislt awaiting results and abbatoirs can
make their own arrangements with the inspectors to release the
carcasses once the test results have been received.
June 2nd 2014
Some FSA officials at
abbatoirs are trying to implement the full programme today
inspite of guidance from the Food Standards Agency. The Q&A
below is taken from an FSA document circulated to the
abbatoirs. If you are experiencing problems with delays in
the release of your carcasses or extra charges for testing
please contact the office by email or speak to a member of
the Pedigree Pork Committee with details of the abattoir and
the probem. We will be meeting the FSA on June 10th.
When does industry
need to be compliant with this requirement?
We recognise that it will take us time to get the systems in
place for the new
Trichinella testing regime working correctly across the UK –
right from making sure producers are aware of the new requirements,
and complete Food Chain Information forms correctly, to food
business operators having the necessary systems in place. Feedback
has been clear that this will not be ready for June. We therefore
intend to work with food business operators over the coming months
to ensure that awareness of the changes improves, and the necessary
steps are taken to ensure UK pigs can be tested in compliance with
the testing requirements.
We expect the UK industry to be compliant
with the new regulations by the end of October 2014.