A new Humane Interactive Knowledge Exchange scenario designed to improve in-plant humane handling and slaughter procedures is now available online from the Food Safety and Inspection Service's Technical Services Center. HIKE scenario 03-04 encourages the implementation of a systematic approach to humane handling and slaughter for regulatory compliance.

As a Public Health Veterinarian during a plant tour, the scenario gives advice and instruction regarding ritual slaughter and the verification of humane practices as provided in existing regulations. Using the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act of 1978 as a guideline, actions must be taken if necessary to ensure that the handling and slaughtering of livestock are to be carried out only by humane methods. The scenario clarifies at what point during ritual slaughter the veterinarian is to verify that the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act is being followed and when a regulatory control action may be necessary. The importance of record keeping is also emphasized.

The following references are recommended to study the HIKE:

  • Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act of 1978 (FSIS Directive 6900.2 – Attachment 1)
  • Title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 313 (Humane Slaughter of Livestock) and 500 (Rules of Practice)
  • FSIS Directive 6900.2, Humane Handling and Slaughtering of Livestock
  • FSIS Directive 6900.1, Humane Handling of Disabled Livestock
  • FSIS Notice 50-02, ISP Procedure Code for Humane Slaughter
  • FSIS Notice 35-04, Documentation of Humane Handling Activities

According to the TSC, HIKE was developed in a "continuing effort to enhance and improve the knowledge and understanding of humane handling and slaughter laws, regulations, directives and notices that the Food Safety and Inspection Service is implementing.

For more information, go to: www.fsis.usda.gov or www.meatami.com

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