The EU food hygiene legislation requires slaughterhouse operators to request, receive, check and act upon food chain information (FCI) for all animals sent for slaughter for human consumption.
Food chain information (FCI) contributes to slaughterhouse operators' HACCP-based food safety management systems by providing information about animals procured for slaughter. Many food business operators will already require much of this information from their livestock suppliers as part of their commercial relations with them, and may have little more to do to comply.
FCI is used by the FSA in plants to aid decisions about meat and may be used to determine inspection procedures for animals and groups of animals.
Food chain information (FCI) is required for horses, ponies and donkeys (these animals are collectively known as equines). This means, from 23 February 2015, it is necessary for anyone sending an equine for slaughter for human consumption to provide a model FCI document to the food business operator at the slaughterhouse, in accordance with existing requirements under EU law.
From 1 January 2010, EU food hygiene legislation required slaughterhouse operators to ‘request, receive, check and act upon’ food chain information (FCI) for all cattle, sheep and goats sent for slaughter for human consumption in the UK. The FSA has produced guidance and model forms to help food businesses.
These arrangements combine the certification of the results of the ante mortem inspection with food chain information and certification that farmed game animals and ratites were slaughtered and bled correctly together with confirmation of the date and time of slaughter.