With the aim of promoting animal welfare, the National Service for Health, Safety and Quality of Agriculture (SENASICA) organized a scientific educational workshop.
The International Forum on Healthy Food (FIAS) 2018 was recently held in San Luis Potosí, where veterinarians, administrators and legal representatives who provide their services in animal slaughterhouses that are not certified in the inspection type scheme met. Federal (TIF).
During the workshop, an analysis of the current operational situation of utility plants in Mexico was presented and the convenience of designing strategies for the transformation of facilities, in order to improve working conditions, was promoted. The proper handling of animals and the design and infrastructure of facilities for their proper mobilization for loading and unloading are presented, in order to present the necessary measures for the proper handling of animals intended for food.
The participants learned about the importance of traces in the chain of epidemiological surveillance for the diagnosis and control of animal diseases, as well as the zoosanitary measures implemented by SENASICA in the National Campaign against Bovine Tuberculosis.
The speakers discussed the current animal welfare legislation in Mexico, through the Federal Animal Health Law and its regulations and the Official Mexican Standards (NOM) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) regarding transport, infrastructure and methods slaughtering domestic animals.
The importance of implementing Good Livestock Practices in facilities intended for slaughter was also emphasized, and factors such as standard operating sanitary procedures (POES), control of harmful fauna, traceability, control of toxic waste and waste management were considered; listed as part of the comprehensive management that must be implemented in slaughterhouses.
Finally, the importance of the existence of the figure of the Authorized Responsible Doctor of Veterinary Medicine within facilities that slaughter animals intended for human consumption, as a responsible and adjuvant of SAGARPA in matters of animal welfare control, epidemiological surveillance, zoosanitary measures and good health, was highlighted. livestock practices.