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The Food (Meat Inspection) (Scotland) Regulations 1988

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1.  Animals intended for slaughter shall undergo ante-mortem health inspection on the day of their arrival at the slaughterhouse or before the beginning of daily slaughtering. The inspection shall be repeated immediately before slaughter if the animal has been kept in the lairage overnight and at any time if required by the inspector.

2.  The occupier of the slaughterhouse or his agent shall provide adequate facilities and assistance to enable ante-mortem health inspections to be undertaken.

3.  The ante-mortem health inspection shall be made under adequate natural or artificial lighting.

4.  The ante-mortem health inspection shall determine—

(a)whether the animals are showing symptoms of a disease;

(b)whether they are injured, fatigued or stressed;

(c)whether there is visible evidence that they have had substances with pharmacological effects administered to them or have consumed any other substances which may make the meat unfit for human consumption.

5.  Animals shall not be slaughtered for production of meat for human consumption if they—

(a)show any of the symptoms mentioned in paragraph 4(a) of this Schedule;

(b)have not been rested for an adequate period of time, which for fatigued or stressed animals must not, unless the inspector determines otherwise, be less than 24 hours;

(c)have been found to have any form of clinical tuberculosis.

6.  An animal which shows any of the symptoms mentioned in paragraph 4(a) of this Schedule shall be taken to and kept in that part of the lairage provided for isolation of animals which are diseased or injured or suspected of being diseased or injured and shall be examined by the veterinary meat inspector. Unless the veterinary meat inspector passes the animal as fit for slaughter for human consumption, he shall require that—

(a)it shall be slaughtered and dressed in suitable, sufficient and separate accommodation capable of being securely locked and used solely for the purpose of slaughtering such animals; or

(b)it shall be slaughtered and dressed at a time other than that at which the slaughter of other animals is taking place and that, immediately following slaughtering and dressing of the animal and before the slaughtering of other animals takes place, the premises shall be fully cleaned and disinfected in such manner as he shall determine; or

(c)it shall be disposed of as he may direct having regard to the nature of the disease from which the animal is suffering and any such directions shall be complied with.

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