The microbiological risk in red meat processing
Red meat and meat products have been implicated in many cases of foodborne illness, with an increase in reported cases over the last 10 years and red meat product representing 5% of food product recalls in 2015. The impact to humans, and the subsequent impact on healthcare services, the retail industry and processors is significant.
Pathogenic microorganisms, including salmonella, listeria and campylobacter are found in the digestive tract of healthy cattle and sheep. These microorganisms are excreted in the faeces and can be found on the hides and fleeces of the live animal. Bacteria contamination of the fleece/hide can then be transferred onto previously sterile meat surfaces during the slaughter process.
Hygiene of the entire process from the farm to packaging is critical in controlling cross-contamination.
A practical tool to enhance food safety
SecureCheck-red meat is a unique diagnostic tool designed specifically to tackle the microbiological risk in red meat processing.
This targeted module helps you improve and maintain food safety standards during your manufacturing process. Using a proprietary software package, our food safety specialists to carry out a comprehensive appraisal of your operation, identify risks and provide clear, practical guidance and proven solutions to mitigate risk of cross-contamination.
Adding global expertise to local knowledge
SecureCheck-red meat opens a link to our global knowledge bank through our local food safety specialist, giving you direct access to our knowledge, experience, and expertise in hygiene, microbiology and contamination control.
SecureCheck measures your site against the increasingly high standards being set by your industry, retailers, and constantly changing legislation.
With SecureCheck we aim to simplify the management of food safety and hygiene at your site, helping you achieve and maintain excellent food safety standards without compromising, and often enhancing your operational efficiency.
SecureCheck-red meat monitors progress over a specified time and measures the impact and effectiveness of corrective actions. Once the initial report stage is complete, our sector specialist can implement and monitor an operational risk-management programme designed to ensure that your facility continues to function at optimum safety levels.
Sources: FSA, EFSA, RASFF
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