AMI calls for consistency on C.Ovis carcase rejection

A call for consistency in the methods used to reject sheep carcases affected with Cysticercus Ovis has been made by the general secretary of the Association of Meat Inspectors (AMI).

Ian Robinson called on AMI members at the association’s annual seminar last weekend to take into account his method of inspecting sheep carcases for C.Ovis.

He said that, too often, he has seen or heard of carcases with cuts right down to the bone. “We can only think that this was for C.Ovis,” he added.

According to Robinson, he and others had reached the conclusion that teachers in veterinary schools on the Continent were supplying students with the wrong information in how to deal C.Ovis in the slaughterhouse. “There were one or two carcases where the only dealing some inspectors had with C.Ovis was through photos,” he said.

As a result, some inspectors would reject a carcase after only seeing two symptoms or lesions caused by C.Ovis.

Yet Robinson’s method ensures carcases are not being rejected until it can be certain the carcase is compromised as a result of the disease. He said: “If I should find lesions of C.Ovis in three or more different anatomical sites, I deem the conditions to be generalised and reject the carcase and offals accordingly.

“One or more lesions in the heart would count as one anatomical site, likewise, one or more lesions in the right/left diaphragm, right/left flanks would only count as one anatomical site, etc.”

The general secretary explained this system would not lead to an over-rejection of affected carcases.

Robinson has written a paper outlining his practices in more details, which can be found by clicking here.

He added: “This is only my opinion, but it’s a system that works for me, which has been based on common sense.”