- The British Columbia meat inspection system places consumer safety as a top priority.
- The provincial meat inspection system supports the highest standards of food safety.
- On Jan. 1, 2014, the B.C. government fully implemented a new provincial meat inspection system. Prior to then, meat inspection services at provincially licensed abattoirs in B.C. were conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on behalf of the province.
- Meat processed within provincially licensed abattoirs (class A and B) can only be sold within British Columbia. B.C. abattoirs that export their meat to other provinces or countries require a federal license (inspection.gc.ca) .
- There are currently 63 class A and B provincial slaughter establishments throughout the province, up from 60 in 2014.
- An overview of meat inspection and licensing in British Columbia, including a list and map of provincially licensed abattoirs is at: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/food-safety/meat-inspection-licensing.
- The system received strong support as B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer, the B.C. Cattlemen's Association, the BC Abattoirs Association, the BC Food Processors Association all endorse the system.
- All provincially licensed abattoirs have a trained government meat hygiene and agri-food inspector onsite during the slaughtering process to ensure food safety requirements are being met.
- The Ministry of Agriculture has about 50 employees who conduct inspection duties at provincially licensed Class A and B abattoirs in British Columbia.
- Ministry of Agriculture staff provides information and work with applicants to support them in meeting the health and safety requirements in the abattoir licensing process.
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