01 May 1998
Abattoir hygiene scores go UK-wide
By FWi staff
NORTHERN Ireland has published the individual Hygiene Assessment System (HAS) scores for its abattoirs for the first time – bringing it in line with the rest of the UK.
The monthly Meat Hygiene Enforcement Bulletin, published by MAFF, will now contain HAS scores for all plants in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The scores are used as a guide to the overall hygiene standards of plants producing meat for human consumption. No other European country operates the same system of hygiene inspections or publishes scores.
In the 1997/98 financial year, the Meat Hygiene Service achieve its target of ensuring that at least 90% of abattoirs achieved HAS scores above 65 – the industrys recognised benchmark. Scores for cutting plants were also above this figure.