Technical Directive 99/168

New Zealand Standard - Carcass Detain Facilities

Priority:  Normal
From:  Tracey Grose Acting Programme Manager (Meat and Game) File: 
Date:  4 October 1999 (4) Publication Ref:  Man1, 2, 6, 16, IS5
This technical directive has been issued due to the sunsetting of technical directive 96/183, New Zealand Standard - Carcass Detain Facilities, issued 31 August 1996.
1 Detain Facility
1.1 The NZ standard for detain facilities for the purpose of holding carcasses which have not passed inspection is either a standalone chiller or an area in a standard chiller with lockable rails and separate drainage (a drip tray is satisfactory).

[The Company may elect to dispose of detained carcasses by condemnation. Should the Company elect to condemn, refer to section 5]

1.2 The detain facility must be before the defined entrance of the boning room, such that contamination of the boning room environment is avoided and contact between product which has passed inspection and product which has not passed inspection does not occur.
1.3

The specification for detain facilities for hot boning operations is the same as above but there have been some premises licensed with variations from the specification, in particular purpose-built premises constructed without carcass chillers.

2 Operational Procedures
2.1

Detained carcasses which have not passed inspection are to be placed in the detain facility or held on the retain rail. Carcasses may subsequently be passed without restriction or be released for boning under specified conditions. 
(Clause 2.1 cancelled by IS 5 amendment 1 Feb 2000)

2.2

The maximum permitted holding time on the retain rail for both warm and cold boning operations is 30 minutes. In a hot boning situation, any holding time must be included in the 90 minutes specified by Manual 6 Appendix III 3(a). 
(Clause 2.2  cancelled by IS 5 amendment 1 Feb 2000)

3 Boning Detained Carcasses
3.1

The detained carcass (other than carcases destined for hot boning) is to reach the specified NZ cold boning temperatures before boning unless a warm boning approval is held in accordance with Manual 6 and operated in full.

3.2

All product which has passed inspection is to be removed from the work areas and access ways before detained product which has not passed inspection is handled. Progressive clearance (separation by distance/time) of tables and access ways rather than full room/access way clearance is acceptable.

3.3

A full cleanup and sanitisation of protective clothing, equipment and contaminated areas of both the access ways and the boning room is necessary after handling of product which has not passed inspection. All product, wrapping and packaging shall be removed from the boning room before cleanup and sanitisation commences. This shall be performed before reintroduction of product which has passed inspection into the area(s).

3.4

In premises performing hot boning, detained carcasses may be sent directly to the boning room from the retain rail on the slaughter floor. The requirements of sections 3, 4.2 and 4.3 shall be met.

4

Condemnation in Lieu of Detain Facilities

4.1

For New Zealand standard only, the company may elect to dispose of detained carcasses by condemnation.  
(Clause 4.1 cancelled by IS 5 amendment 1 Feb 2000)

4.2

Before this option is selected, the Inspector in Charge shall inform the company of disease conditions and defects which are likely to cause carcass detention and therefore carcass condemnation and discuss the potential implications (including disposal of condemned carcasses).
(Clause 4.2 cancelled by IS 5 amendment 1 Feb 2000)

4.3

If this option is selected ALL carcasses which are detained under Meat Regulation 128 and Game Regulation 113 shall be condemned, and the conditions outlined below shall apply.
(Clause 4.3 cancelled by IS 5 amendment 1 Feb 2000)

4.4

Conditions

4.4.1

A Class 1 process approval shall exist for each species where condemnation is the elected option for that species on the premises.

4.4.2 Carcasses condemned under this provision shall be recorded separately from those condemned by MAF for disease and defects. Records shall be maintained for three years.
4.4.3 MAF shall record the diseases/defects in these carcasses in the normal way.
4.4.4

Carcasses condemned under this provision shall not be identified or described as having been condemned by MAF.

4.4.5 If at a later stage the company decides to change to the detain chiller option instead of condemning all carcasses.
5

Overseas Country Requirements

Refer to Manual 12, Part V. Particularly the European Community and USA individual country requirements.

For EC listed premises and premises intending to be listed to the EC, companies may elect to adopt the New Zealand standard described in section 5 at full commercial risk. Previous experience has demonstrated to MAFRA that there may be difficulties with both initial and ongoing listings if this option is selected.

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