Analytical use of information

The aim of this project is to examine if food chain information (official VKI) and additional information can be used to predict meat inspection results of broilers. This was carried out in a pilot project in a slaughterhouse, together with the project VSD (Early observing of animal health).

In the Hygiene Regulations of the EU (GFL), it is described which information in meat production chains should be forwarded to the meat inspector. The meat inspector has to take this information into account, when taking his decisions during meat inspection. Unfortunately, it is not exactly described how data should be interpreted and which decision should be made based on specific information.

Important is to discriminate between issues related to a possible risk for human health and other issues related to i.e. animal health (excl. extremely infectious animal diseases).


VKI data (delivered by the slaughterhouse) and meat inspection results (delivered by NVWA) were brought into the database. The database seemed to be a useful tool for analsying data, although some technical problems were persent, especially identification of broiler batches (matching batches from VKI data and meat inspection data) could be a problem.

Analysis showed a positive correlation between % of rejected carcasses from a batch delivered to the slaughterhouse, and the % of rejected carcasses from a batch from the same stable/farm (with the same start date), delivered to the slaughterhouse later.