Audit of meat establishments
The FSA carries out routine audits of approved meat establishments (that is slaughterhouses, cutting plants and game handling establishments) in Great Britain. In Northern Ireland, these audits are carried out by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) on behalf of the FSA.
These audits have two main aims:
- to make sure that food business operators are complying with food law requirements
- to ensure that food business operators are meeting relevant standards in relation to public health and, in slaughterhouses, animal health and welfare
How often are audits carried out?
When determining how often we audit a business, we look at the type of processes carried out, the throughput and the food business operator’s record of compliance.
The greater the potential risk to public health and, in slaughterhouses, to animal health and welfare, the more often we will audit. The audit frequency currently varies from at least once every two months, to three, five, eight or twelve months.
Before November 2012, audit arrangements in Northern Ireland were slightly different from the rest of the UK. However, from this month we moved to a single audit reporting format for the UK, with the new report also aiming to:
- improve consistency of reporting
- provide food business operators with a report that clearly explains scores awarded and corrective action required.
The FSA is now carrying out a more strategic review of audit arrangements. Any changes from this review will be subject to consideration by the FSA Board and a full public consultation.
If you would like to find out more about the FSA's audits of approved meat establishments, look at Chapter 4.2 of our Manual for Official Controls (via link further down page).
Publication of audit reports
The most recent audits for FSA approved meat establishments in England, Scotland and Wales, and, from November 2012, for Northern Ireland, are published at the links below. These are as issued to the food business operator, but we have taken out potentially sensitive information (such as personal details) and detailed technical information.
We have listed establishments by their approval number, name and type (red or white meat slaughterhouse, red or white meat cutting plant or approved game handling establishment), their town, county and country.
The links below will take you to separate Excel worksheets. You will need to enable the macros in order to open them. Instructions are in the worksheets. Clicking on the links in the final column of the worksheets will take you to the individual audit report for the selected establishment.
We update the audit reports on the FSA website on a monthly basis (typically towards the end of each month). Food business operators have up to 28 days to appeal an audit and we won’t publish an audit report on the website before this time has passed.
More in this section
Friday 12 April 2013
The Agency categorises establishments as a cause for concern on the basis of an analysis of trends in a food business operator's compliance and, in particular, the most recent audit scores in relation to hygienic production, environmental hygiene and prerequisites, and HACCP.
Tuesday 19 February 2013
Information about the audit process for audits completed after October 2012 and for older audits completed before November 2012.