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Dutch pigmeat plants pass US inspection

by 5m Editor
12 February 2003, at 12:00am

HOLLAND - A team from the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently inspected all the USDA-approved pig slaughterhouses in the Netherlands.

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All the visited plants have had their export approval renewed, while the Hendrix Meat Group facility in Emmen has received USDA approval and been added to the list.

FSIS inspections focus closely on product safety. Particular attention is paid to hygiene during the production process. Cleaning and disinfection procedures must also be carried out properly. In addition, the slaughterhouses have to carry out salmonella testing and the results have to meet the USDA standards.

The inspection results show that hygiene in the Dutch meat industry complies with the stringent American import standards. In the Netherlands, hygiene in the pigmeat industry is an important aspect of the IKB quality assurance system. Meat companies must operate in accordance with the regulations laid down in the codes of hygiene for pig slaughterhouses and cutting plants.

Once again the FSIS inspectors’ findings confirm that the hygiene standards in the Dutch pigmeat industry are very high. An earlier the assessment by the European Commission's Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) was similarly positive about Dutch standards.

Source: Dutch Meat Board - 12th February 2003

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