The Pig Carcase Grading Scheme: guidance

Abattoirs that slaughter over 500 clean pigs per week must be registered and follow the rules on grading carcases.

If you operate a slaughterhouse that slaughters 500 or more clean pigs - that is, animals that have not been used for breeding - per week, you must:

  • register with the Pig Carcase Grading (PCG) scheme
  • follow the rules on grading carcases.

To operate an abattoir in the UK you must get approval from the Food Standards Agency.

The number of animals per week is calculated on a rolling annual average basis.

Under the PCG scheme, you must classify carcases according to rules which are followed throughout the European Union (EU) and cover:

  • carcase dressing, grading. weighing and labelling/marking
  • communicating the classification results to the supplier
  • record keeping
  • inspections, enforcement and penalties
  • licensing.

Relevant regulations

The Carcase Classification and Price Reporting (England) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/1164)

The Beef and Pig Carcase Classification (Wales) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/1826 (W. 198)) as amended by the Beef and Pig Carcase Classification (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/948) and by the Single Common Market Organisation (Consequential Amendments) (Wales) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/3270)

Regulation 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1182 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1184


Published 31 March 2014
Last updated 16 November 2018 + show all updates
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