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Visit of the export abattoirs, owned by MEATCO in Okahandja. The plant was built in the 50’s and then reconditioned for export to the EU in 1972. They only slaughter cattle for deboning, and export deboned primal cuts to the EU and RSA. They are currently slaughtering 400 to 430 head a day, five days a week. The plant employs 334 employees. Total yearly slaughter was 50,000 for 2007 and it had been as high as 80,000. The reduction is mainly due to the lower production of cattle in the FMD free zone. Exports to the EU include 60% of their hind quarter cuts. Exports to RSA include deboned meat and offal, and meatandbone meal to RSA, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as long as it goes to registered pet food industries. Namibia has its own rendering industry. Meat and bone meal is all exported, and only to certified pet food and feed producers. Aside from the daily inspections by the VS, the plant has internal audits on Quality Control from plant personnel, as well as a regular audit program by a private consultant, a so called HAS system. They also have an Ecoscience inspection on the pest control program. The plant charges a standard fee to farmers per head slaughtered to cover the cost of veterinary inspections, which is then transferred to the Ministry of Finance. Laboratory and overtime fees are also reimbursed directly to the Ministry of Finance. An additional fee for grading of carcasses of N$ 5 is also charged to the farmers. The food safety obligations are the direct responsibility of the plant, the VS inspection at the plant is supervised by one official veterinarian (State veterinarian), who is assisted by veterinary hygiene inspectors (3 year diploma, plus one year bachelors in food technology), and veterinary hygiene inspectors assistants (6 months internal training form VS). The antemortem inspection and registration of ear tags is a function conducted strictly by the official veterinarian. The veterinary office is adequately equipped with phone, fax and internet. It has a direct access t the NamLITS system and enters all relevant record directly into the database. The most common zoonosis observed at slaughter is bovine cysticercosis (“measles”), each carcass has to be individually examined as part of a national surveillance program. Occasionally, they observe lumpy skin disease, and damage due to trauma. Non ambulatory animals are set aside for clinical inspection and if no diagnosis can be made, they are killed, posted as deadonarrival animals, and then destroyed (and not rendered). An EU funded consultancy through the MBN developed guidelines on animal welfare at the abattoir, as well as during transport. Vehicles and drivers must be registered for animal transport. The guidelines are monitored and enforced by a plant animal welfare officer. Vehicles are cleaned and disinfected before transporting animals to the slaughterhouse, and then immediately washed and disinfected before leaving the abattoir grounds. The plant does its own audit reports, which then, when accompanied by their action plans, are shared with the VS on a monthly basis. The EU also requires the external audits, which are conducted by the VS, twice a year. Specific monthly so called ‘deficiency reports’ are required by the VS, these include the number of animals slaughtered, revenues and records on animal identification. There is an adequate dialogue between VS and plant personnel and management. Visit of the export abattoir owned by MEATCO in Windhoek: This plant, as the one in Okahandja, is ISO 9002 and HACCP accredited. Their relationship with VS, dependence on laboratory support, and

VS inspection system is





identical to the Okahandja plant. The VS staff is bigger VS team is headed by a veterinarian, assisted by

as 4

the capacity of this veterinary hygiene

inspectors, and 10 veterinary hygiene assistants. Their assignments are divided between and the sheep slaughter lines. This plant slaughters around 450 cattle for export and 100

the cattle cattle for


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