AIMS publishes report into sustainable meat inspection
The use of remote inspection may help address the challenges which face small abattoirs and poultry processing sectors, according to a report by the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS).
“A Technological & Sustainable Approach to Meat Inspection” was produced by AIMS and the organisations head of policy, Norman Bagley, commented: “Currently all abattoirs and poultry processing sites are treated with a one size fits all inspection regime.
“There are many examples of small business in the sector being charged £000’s for elements of inspection that are resource heavy and not-risk based furthermore, most of this cost is picked up by the tax-payer.”
“The abattoir and poultry processing sectors are facing unprecedented financial challenges which are threatening their very existence.”
Dr Jason Aldiss, head of external relations for AIMS and the author of the report added: “The abattoir and poultry processing sectors are facing unprecedented financial challenges which are threatening their very existence. The loss of smaller abattoirs and poultry processing businesses across the UK means that food miles have increased considerably over the years negatively impacting on animal welfare and the environment.
“AIMS firmly believes that a more pragmatic approach using technology as the tool to modernise the meat and poultry inspection process is now needed in order for these vital local businesses to remain viable with their local rural economies.”