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Food Safety Authority of Ireland
Galway County Council entered into a service contract with the FSAI in 1999. Under this service contract Galway County Council. carries out a number of duties relating to veterinary food safety. A new service has just been signed which allows for full implementation of new food hygiene legislation which came into force on 1st January 2006. As part of this much of the existing meat hygiene laws were repealed.
The work of Galway County Council. Veterinary Services carried out under this F.S.A.I. service contract include:
1) Regulation of domestic abattoirs including their approval.
2) Regulation of small meat processing plants including their approval.
3) Participation in external audits either by F.S.A.I. or the F.V.O. (European Food & Veterinary Office).
4) Disease Outbreak Control Investigation.
5) Member of the Western Zoonoses Committee (a disease which is communicable from animals to men).
6) Sampling of meat, meat products & water in food premises for
a) microbial quality
b) chemical residues – as part of the National Residue Control Plan.
7) Working and liaising with other state agencies in the fields of food safety and veterinary public health. These agencies include DAF & HSE.
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