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The Food (Meat Inspection) (Scotland) Regulations 1988

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Dressing of slaughtered animals

4.—(1) The body of an animal slaughtered in a slaughterhouse shall be dressed immediately after the animal has been slaughtered and the following provisions of this regulation shall be complied with by the person who carries out the dressing.

(2) (a) The offal and blood derived from an animal shall, after they have been removed from the body, be kept until such time as an inspector directs, in such manner as he may direct for the purpose of ensuring their identity with the carcase and any directions so given shall be complied with;

(b)if the person dressing the body of an animal has reason to believe that there is in the meat or blood evidence of disease, he shall take no action, and ensure that no other person takes any action, which might alter or destroy that evidence, and shall comply with any instructions given by an inspector designed to ensure that such evidence as aforesaid is not altered or destroyed;

(c)blood intended for human consumption shall be collected into a receptacle used only for collecting such blood and shall be kept apart from blood not intended for human consumption.

(3) The employer or other person having control of any person engaged in dressing the body of an animal shall take all reasonable steps to secure compliance by the said last mentioned person with the provisions of this regulation.

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