The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) has today published a report, “A Technological & Sustainable Approach to Meat Inspection”, which sets out how many of the challenges facing the small abattoir and poultry processing sectors can be addressed through the use of remote inspection.
“The abattoir and poultry processing sectors are facing unprecedented financial challenges which are threatening their very existence” said Jason Aldiss, the report’s author. “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”.
Head of Policy at AIMS, Norman Bagley said “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 hundreds of pounds for elements of inspection that are resource heavy and not-risk based furthermore, most of this cost is picked up by the taxpayer.”
“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” said Aldiss..