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The Food (Meat Inspection) (Scotland) Regulations 1988

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Post-mortem inspections

5.—(1) Every animal slaughtered in a slaughterhouse shall be subjected to a post-mortem health inspection in accordance with the appropriate provisions of Schedule 3.

(2) No person shall remove, or cause or permit to be removed, from a slaughterhouse any blood intended for human consumption or any carcase or part of a carcase or any offal until it has been inspected in accordance with these Regulations and, in the case of meat passed as fit for human consumption after inspection, until it has been marked in accordance with regulation 6 and Schedule 4.

(3) An inspector shall, so far as is practicable, make his inspection of the meat derived from an animal slaughtered in a slaughterhouse immediately after the offal has been removed from the body of the animal, failing which he shall inspect the meat of the animal as soon as practicable after the body of the animal has been dressed.

(4) The carcase of an animal shall be divided into such portions as the veterinary meat inspector may require to enable him to make his inspection and the veterinary meat inspector may, for the purposes of inspection, direct that the portions into which the carcase is so divided shall be retained in the slaughterhouse for such period as he may think fit.

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