Limerick City and County Council is an official agency of the Foods Safety Authority of Ireland which is the national body responsible for the implementation of food safety legislation in the state.
Under contract to the Authority we supervise abattoirs and meat cutting/processing premises supplying the domestic market.
The type of operations in meat cutting/processing premises vary from cutting and packing of fresh meat/meat products to meat curing, to sausage and pudding manufacture. All premises supply to the local retail and catering trade.
Advice and guidance on upgrading of premises to comply with european legislation is provided to proprietors. Premises employ food safety management systems based on HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) principles and the service conducts regular audits on controls in place.
The council also has a role in relation to the supervision of abattoirs. There are 10 domestic abattoirs in County Limerick, licensed to slaughter animals intended for human consumption.
Each animal is inspected by a veterinary officer before and after slaughter to ensure the fitness and safety of the meat produced and its identification is checked against the national database for traceability purposes.
Abattoir operational/structural hygiene and animal welfare standards are monitored and appropriate action taken when deemed necessary to ensure compliance, not only with legislative requirements, but also with recognised codes of best practice.
Phone: +353 61 556000
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