Epidemiological indicators for meat inspection of domestic solipeds

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Article
Meat inspection, biological hazard, epidemiological indicators, domestic solipeds, Trichinella
First published in the EFSA Journal
27 June 2013
Approved
12 June 2013
Type
Scientific Report of EFSA
Abstract

In this report, harmonised epidemiological indicators are proposed for food-borne biological hazards to public health that are related to domestic solipeds and meat thereof and that can be addressed within meat inspection. These hazards include only Trichinella. An epidemiological indicator is defined as the prevalence or concentration of the hazard at a certain stage of the food chain or an indirect measure of the hazard that correlates with the human health risk caused by the hazard. The indicators can be used by the European Commission and the Member States to consider when adaptations to meat inspection methods may be relevant and to carry out risk analysis to support such decisions. It is foreseen that the indicators are used in a risk-based system for domestic soliped meat as proposed in the EFSA Scientific Opinion on the public health hazards to be covered by inspection of meat from domestic solipeds, particularly to help categorise countries/regions and animals according to the risk related to Trichinella. Depending on the purpose and the epidemiological situation, risk managers should decide on the most appropriate indicator(s) to use, either alone or in combination, at national, regional or slaughterhouse level. It is recommended that risk managers should define legal requirements for improving traceability of horses, recording information on all animal movements. Member States are invited to report data generated by the implementation of the indicators in accordance with Directive 2003/99/EC. The proposed indicators should be regularly reviewed in the light of new information and the data generated by their implementation.

Contact
zoonoses [at] efsa.europa.eu
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2013.3268
EFSA Journal 2013;11(6):3268 [33 pp.].
European Food Safety Authority
Question Number
On request from
European Commission
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Number of Pages
33