Written answers

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Agriculture Industry

Photo of Carol NolanCarol Nolan (Laois-Offaly, Independent)
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228. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the names of the factories that have been fined for excessive carcass trimming from 1 January 2016 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57713/21]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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Carcase classification and carcase presentation controls in 32 slaughter plants are carried out by a dedicated team of specialist staff in the Beef Carcase Classification Section within my Department.

Additional monitoring of carcase presentation by my Department’s veterinary public health inspection staff (VPHIS) in the factories is currently being implemented in all factories since 1st January 2019 and provide a supporting role for the Beef Carcase Classification staff.

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1184 of 20th April 2017 governs the monitoring of carcase classification, carcase presentation and weighing. At each inspection, an average of 85 carcasses are inspected for correct classification and carcase presentation. The legal requirement is 40 carcasses per inspection.

The number of inspections, number of carcasses inspected, the total number of non-compliant carcasses and the respective factories are summarised in the table below:

- Number of Total Number of
Year Carcasses Inspected Non Compliant Carcasses Names of Factories Fined
2016 52,360 28 Kildare Chilling Company (1); Traditional Meats (1); Meadow Meats (10) ; KEPAK Kilbeggan (16)
2017 53,380 0
2018 46,750 19 Emerald Isle Foods (5) ; Kildare Chiling Company (3) ; KEPAK Clare (11)
2019 49,300 3 Kavanagh Meats (3)
2020 34,425 2 Ballon Meats (2)
2021 23,545 0

Details of the factories discovered to be non-compliant under carcase presentation legislation are published on the Department's website annually.


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