LAB 3.2 Antemortem inspection
1. Disease. A zoonosis is a disease of
animals which may be secondarily transmitted
to man. The plural is zoonoses.
2. Drugs. It is
difficult to detect animals which have been given drugs then
slaughtered without an adequate clearance time - but every effort is
made to look for signs of this. Obviously, animals still
containing veterinary-grade drugs pose a health risk to consumers.
The meat inspector is responsible for ensuring the lairage (the pen
where the animal rests) and animal holding standards meet the
legal rquirements for the humane treatment of animals.
4. Humane slaughter .
The meat inspector is responsible for ensuring the animal feels no pain
when slaughtered. Thus, the animal must first be rendered unscious
before it is killed by exsanguination.
5. Separate sick
animals. The meat inspector is in charge of ensuring sick
or crippled animals are separated from the group for special attention.
Animals may be healthy and walking normally when they board their
transport, but their condition may change during the journey.