AMRG releases Guideline 2019:1 – Post Mortem Meat Inspection

Post mortem inspection of meat in Australia is done in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Standard for Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption AS 4696:2007 (Australian Meat Standard). Australian Meat Regulators Group has released a Guideline that includes changes relating to the provision for recognition of the equivalence of alternative technique procedures.

This guideline replaces Schedule 2 as published in the Australian Meat Standard. Techniques prescribed in this guideline will be applied by all State/Territory Meat Safety Regulators in administering post-mortem inspection procedures.

What are the changes?
Some procedures will be moving towards an observe (i.e. visual inspection) status unless information is available that would warrant more invasive procedures (e.g. palpation or incision).

Key procedures affected:

  • Bovine tuberculosis – minimal inspection
  • Spleens in sheep and goats – observe
  • Pigs – visual inspection
  • Pig kidneys – visual inspection of enucleated kidneys for human consumption
  • Sheep and goat kidneys - visual inspection of enucleated kidneys for human consumption
  • Caseous lymphadenitis in sheep and goats – palpate 4 lymph nodes only (superficial cervical – pre-scapular, pre-crural, popliteal, ischiatic).

When does this change take effect?
These changes are effective from 1 January 2019 as defined in the Guideline for alternative techniques. Audits will commence against the procedures in the alternative technique guideline on 1 July 2019. This will result in the current AS4696:2007 – Schedule 2 procedures becoming non-compliant with cl 10.5 of AS 4696:2007. Plants will need to adopt the alternative techniques into their operations. The guideline will then become the document that PrimeSafe will use to determine compliance with AS 4696:2007.