Processing Inspection Rates for Agriculture and Forestry Licensed Meat Facilities

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April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016 (Government of Alberta's Fiscal Year)

The above figure illustrates how many processing inspections were conducted at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) licensed meat facilities. A total of 179 processing inspections were conducted in 72 AF-licensed meat facilities during the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

AF conducts up to three unannounced processing inspections in AF-licensed facilities each year to help ensure food safety. During processing inspections at these facilities, all aspects related to the food safety systems and the facility are evaluated, providing a comprehensive snapshot of each facility’s processing operations.

AF-licensed facilities conduct processing activities on varying schedules, some as often as daily, some a few processing days per year, and some only in certain parts of the year (seasonally). Because inspections are unannounced, processing activities may not be occurring when a facility is visited for an inspection. Steps are taken to help ensure that inspections occur when processing activities are taking place. The frequency of processing inspections is also based on risk, and it aligns with other authorities and jurisdictions.

In addition to processing inspections, AF conducted 6,214 slaughter inspections in the 2015/2016 fiscal year. Slaughter inspections are scheduled with an abattoir operator in advance to ensure an AF Meat Inspection Section inspector is present each time a facility performs slaughter activities, in accordance with regulations.

AF and Alberta Health Services (AHS) Environmental Public Health work together to help ensure safe food for Albertans. AHS Environmental Public Health data is also available online on the AHS website.
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This information published to the web on October 20, 2015.
Last Reviewed/Revised on November 3, 2016.