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September 06-08, 2018 | Edinburgh, Scotland

Food safety and Hygiene

International Conference on

Journal of Food Technology and Preservation | ISSN: 2591-796X | Volume 2

Ólafur Oddgeirsson

Food Control Consultants, ltd., Scotland

Enhanced risk based live animal and meat inspection


ost foodborne risks are associated with food of animal

origin such as meat, milk, fish, eggs and honey. The

majorityarebiological risks suchas zoonosis andantimicrobial

resistance, however chemical risks in the form of residues of

veterinary medicinal products, pesticides and environmental

chemicals are increasingly important. The origin of the

latter can be traced in most cases to activities related to the

livestock itself or its feed while the farming methods and

animal health condition on the farms have a major impact

on the former. Rules on food safety in Europe and around the

world are based on controls along the food chain and in case

of meat the main control points applied are live animal and

meat inspection. These rules have remained the similar for

more than hundred years and although having major impact

on food safety when introduced they do not capture the

food safety hazards prevalent today, such as various bacterial

intestinal diseases, antimicrobial resistance and residues. An

enhanced and reformed live animal and meat inspection

is proposed linked to a modern animal identification and

movement control system. This proposal includes increased

sampling during slaughter to verify the presence of

biological and/ or chemical risk as well as establishing a data

depository accessible to farmers, their veterinary surgeons,

official veterinarian at the slaughterhouse as well as the

competent authority and other stakeholders as appropriate.

The impact and benefit of the system proposed will increase

over time based on historical data and experience gained.

Speaker Biography

Ólafur Oddgeirsson is the managing director of Food Control Consultants ltd (FCC). He

has graduated from the Veterinary University in Hannover, Germany in 1977 and finished

post graduate training in 1980 from the same university on food safety topics. He has

worked as a director of a dairy laboratory for ten years; then being a senior veterinary

officer at the EFTA Surveillance Authority for seven years responsible for checking the

implementation and application of the EU veterinary legislation in present and former

EFTA states. Since 1999 he has worked as an international consultant, i.a. extensively for

the TAIEX office of DG Enlargement in Brussels (now DG NEAR) providing assessments of

veterinary systems in Candidate Countries, both official supervision and industry controls

and later on numerous international food safety development projects. Dr. Oddgeirsson

has carried out numerous assessments of food establishments, in particular processing

fish, but also meat and milk and frequently delivered lectures on public health, animal

health and zoonotic diseases. During his work he has gained an international recognition

for his knowledge of EU legislation and SPS standards on animal health and food safety.


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Ólafur Oddgeirsson, Food Safety 2018, Volume 2

DOI: 10.4066/2591-796X-C1-001