If your abattoir slaughters over 200 clean pigs per week you must be registered and follow the rules on grading carcases.
To operate an abattoir, you must get approval from the Food Standards Agency.
If your abattoir slaughters more than 200 clean pigs (animals that have not been used for breeding) per week, you must register with the Pig Carcase Grading Scheme.
Registered abattoirs must meet the scheme rules, which cover:
- carcase preparation (dressing), grading, weighing and marking
- record keeping
- enforcement and penalties
The Beef and Pig Carcase Classification (England) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/1090) as amended by the Single Common Market Organisation (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/3235)
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 (W. 125)) and by the Single Common Market Organisation (Consequential Amendments) (Wales) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/3270 (W. 320))
Published: 31 March 2014
From: Rural Payments Agency