Mobile abattoirs - viability and sustainability: report

The findings of a study carried out to determine whether or not mobile slaughter units (MSUs) would be viable in Scotland.

Glossary Of Terms

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
The aim of the organisation is to safeguard animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy. It is an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and also works on behalf of the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government. It is responsible for inspecting Animal By-Product processing facilities in Scotland.

Animal by-products (ABPs)
Animal by-products are materials of animal origin that people do not consume. They are controlled by the Animal By-Products Regulations (EC) 2009 (142/2011), transposed into Scottish law through The Animal By-products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2013. This controls the collection, transport, storage, handling, processing and use or disposal of animal by-products in Scotland, including catering wastes.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS)
This is a non-ministerial government department of the Scottish Government. It is responsible for food safety, food standards, nutrition, food labelling and meat inspection in Scotland

Meat Hygiene Inspector (MHI)
The Food Standards Scotland Meat Hygiene Inspectors undertake controls to support Scotland’s important meat, game and poultry industries.

Mobile Slaughter Unit (MSU)
A self-contained slaughter facility that can travel from site to site.

Official Veterinarian (OV)
The Food Standards Scotland Official Veterinarian provides a technical and leadership role, in approved premises providing technical advice and direction to the plant inspection team to ensure the efficient and consistent delivery of Official Controls and associated tasks.

A company which takes ABPs, processes them and produces usable materials such as lard, tallow, etc.

Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW)
Represents the red meat industry views and interests of its member companies, working with partner organisations, Government Ministers and officials in Edinburgh, London and Brussels.

Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA)
The SFMTA offers services specifically to support craft butchers - representing and promoting the interests of Scottish butchers. "Scottish Craft Butchers" is the consumer facing branding for members of the SFMTA

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)<br/ > SEPA is Scotland’s principal environmental regulator. It has a wide range of responsibilities including regulating waste management activities such as landfills, incinerators and the export of waste, administering the producer responsibility schemes for packaging, WEEE and batteries, collecting and interpreting waste data and tackling environmental crime.

Specified Risk Materials (SRMs)
Those parts of cattle, sheep and goats that are most likely to pose a risk of infectivity if the animal from which it comes from was infected with a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) disease. It has to be removed from both the human and animal food chains and destroyed.



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