Risk Assessment for Supply Chain Meat Inspection of Danish Finisher Pigs
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The SafePork conference series began in 1996 to bring together international researchers, industry, and government agencies to discuss current Salmonella research and identify research needs pertaining to both pig and pork production. In subsequent years topics of research presented at these conferences expanded to include other chemical and biological hazards to pig and pork production.
The food safety value of routine incision into the major mandibular lymph nodes and the heart was assessed in finisher pigs from integrated production systems in Denmark. A risk assessment was conducted following international guidelines as a joint effort between university, industry and veterinary services. It was concluded that omission of routine incisions into the mandibular lymph nodes and the heart was not associated with a significant increase in the risk for human health. The main reason is that Denmark is officially free from bovine tuberculosis since 29 years, and the pathogens causing granulomatous lymphadenitis and endocarditis are not likely to be food-borne. The new way of conducting meat inspection is called supply chain meat inspection - the Danish way. The system will gradually be implemented on all slaughterhouses in Denmark during 2009.