Food chain information

The EU food hygiene legislation requires slaughterhouse operators to request, receive, check and act upon food chain information (FCI) for all animals sent for slaughter for human consumption.

Food chain information (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 plants to aid decisions about meat and may be used to determine inspection procedures for animals and groups of animals.

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