Farm Ireland

Sunday 19 November 2017

Condemned pigs increase investigated

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

A nationwide survey of pig farmers is underway to investigate an unexplained rise in the number of pig carcasses being condemned by Department of Agriculture veterinary inspectors at meat plants.

A number of pig farmers contacted the IFA pigs committee about an increase in the number of pigs being condemned in recent weeks.

Typically, the condemnation rate for pig carcasses would be around 0.3pc but it is understood that some farmers have received condemnation rates of up to 0.9pc from meat plants.

IFA pigs committee secretary Amii McKeever insisted that farmers did not have any issue with any measures taken in the factory on food safety grounds.

However, she added that the legislation in relation to condemnation was "quite vague" and the reasons for a pig being condemned were up to the individual veterinary inspector.


"Farmers complete a food chain information sheet as per legislation and, under the same legislation, farmers are entitled to feedback from the veterinary inspection carried out in the plants," Ms McKeever said.

"Farmers pay €1.30 per pig for these inspections but the information they receive currently is sadly lacking," she maintained.

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"The veterinary certs supplied back to the farm are often illegible, which makes it impossible for farmers to ascertain the cause of condemnations or to take remedial action to deal with the problem," added Ms McKeever.

"This is a serious issue for pig farmers, particularly during a time of severe financial stress."

Irish Independent

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