Agriculture and Lands

Meat Inspection

Post Mortem Meat Hygiene Inspection

B.C.’s Meat Inspection System

The B.C. Government’s new meat inspection system reinforces the province’s reputation for safe and wholesome meat by continuing the current safeguards and inspection system in provincially licensed Class A and B abattoirs.

The new system follows extensive consultation with ranchers, abattoir operators, local governments and small scale producers with licences to sell their meat at the farmgate, and achieves seven objectives:

  • Maintain or enhance meat safety.
  • Maintain or enhance animal health and welfare.
  • Maintain or improve public confidence in the safety of B.C. meat products.
  • Support the financial viability of abattoir operators.
  • Support the financial viability of small scale producers, family farms and ranches.
  • Increase the market for BC meat.
  • Deliver a sustainable cost-effective meat inspection system for industry and for government.

The new system will be fully implemented by January 1, 2014. Please check back for updates. New information will be posted as it becomes available. Producers or abattoirs with questions about the meat inspection system can also submit them to bcmeatinspection@gov.bc.ca .

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