Ensuring the safety of Chilean poultry products for domestic and foreign consumers is the main goal of health inspection, which is performed in local poultry slaughterhouses by official inspectors of the Agriculture and Livestock Service of Chile (SAG).
SAG has therefore published a ‘Photographic Atlas’, with support from the Chilean Association of Poultry Producers, APA, as an important tool to support the health inspection carried out by SAG in poultry slaughterhouses based on standards issued by the Chilean Ministry of Health.
For the national director of SAG, Angel Sartori, this new publication “is the result of close work of SAG and APA, in order to ensure high standards of product safety for consumers of birds both in Chile and abroad. The SAG has all the technical expertise to develop a document with these features, which are a response to the current demands of the food industry”.
Meanwhile, APA president, Juan Miguel Ovalle, said, “Undoubtedly, this Atlas is an important contribution to the inspection process, as this allows a process more objective adding technical and scientific information at the inspection. It also allows to provide a tool for training new professionals entering the process at a time to correct deficiencies and shortcomings of the system.”
The SAG has teams of official inspectors to satisfy local slaughterhouse functions for both export and domestic consumption. At present there are five local poultry slaughterhouses authorised to export to different markets, and six for domestic consumption.