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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Challenges and opportunities in the implementation of new meat inspection systems in Europe

Antunovic, Boris; Blagojevic, Bojan; Johler, Sophia; Guldimann, Claudia; Vieira-Pinto, Madalena; Vågsholm, Ivar; Meemken, Diana; Alvseike, Ole; Georgiev, Milen; Alban, Lis


Background: The traditional meat inspection system is often found to be inefficient. Meat inspection in European countries is in a phase of modernisation to reflect improvements in livestock health and advances in understanding meat safety. The key point of progress is to replace the traditional meat inspection with risk-based meat inspection, including the elements of a meat safety assurance system (MSAS). Scope and approach: Modernisation of meat inspection was launched by the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) opinions and recommendations in the period 2011-2013 and consequent amendments to the EU meat inspection legislation in the period 2014-2019. For this study, the EU-funded RIBMINS COST Action conducted a comprehensive survey using an in-depth questionnaire to estimate the level of implementation of new risk-based meat inspection systems in Europe, stakeholders' confidence in the new systems and the main identified obstacles. Key findings and conclusions: The implementation of new meat inspection systems is still ongoing, as they have been fully implemented in just 61%, 42% and 38% of the surveyed countries in the pig, bovine, and poultry sectors, respectively. The main identified obstacles are existing trade agreements with 3rd countries, costs of implementation, inadequate food chain information and resistance from meat inspectors. Improvement of all components of the current meat inspection systems is a prerequisite for further modernisation.


Meat inspection; Risk-based; Legislation; Veterinarian; Official control

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Trends in Food Science and Technology
2021, Volume: 116, pages: 460-467

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    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG3 Good health and well-being
    SDG2 Zero hunger
    SDG12 Responsible consumption and production

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    Other Veterinary Science
    Other Agricultural Sciences not elsewhere specified

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