WINDHOEK: Animal and public safety inspections by the European Union (EU) into the local beef industry will commence next Tuesday.
The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) recently announced that the inspections will include the evaluation of controls in terms of animal and public safety with respect to the production of fresh and game meat destined for the EU market, and certification procedures.
The local meat producer said the inspection will also scrutinise the implementation of guarantees by the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS), as requested during a previous EU visit.
During these visits, the mission evaluates controls over the production of fresh meat and game meat intended for export to the EU, as well as the certification procedures; and assesses animal welfare standards at EU-approved establishments where live animals are slaughtered.
Various requirements have been set out for local producers in preparation for the EU inspection, such as that animals from the age of six months should have double ear-tags and appear on the central database; and that the blue Farm-Assured Namibian Meat Scheme (FANMeat) containing the registers should be up-to-date.