This requirement forms part of the whole chain, farm-to-fork approach to food safety introduced by the hygiene regulations from 1 January 2006. FCI contributes to slaughterhouse operators’ HACCP-based food safety management systems by providing information about animals procured for slaughter. Many food business operators will already require much of this information from their livestock suppliers as part of their commercial relations with them, and may have little more to do to comply.
FCI is used by the FSA in meat plants to aid decisions about meat, and may be used to determine inspection procedures for animals and groups of animals.
The Agency has produced the model FCI form below for farmed animals like camelids susceptible to bovine tuberculosis to assist food businesses.