Annex C: HACCP Based Slaughter Inspection Program (HIP) for Swine
9.0 Performance Tests – Presentation – Carcasses

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9.1 Carcass Presentation

The carcass shall be presented split and hanging vertically in the open position so that the pleural cavity surface, peritoneal cavity surface, and the kidneys (if present) are facing the Inspector. These structures shall be easily visualized with minimal or no carcass manipulation.

The kidney presenter shall expose the kidneys for visual inspection either in the carcass or by placing the kidneys in the tray in front of the viscera Inspector. Abnormal kidneys shall be managed as per CFIA instructions.

A distortion free mirror for carcass inspection is recommended at all line speeds. However, in those establishments operating above 200 cph, mirrors shall be present so the entire dorsal surface of the carcass is visible to the Inspector as they stand in front of the passing carcass.

In those establishments where the MLN are presented and examined detached from the head, head presentation shall also be assessed with the carcass.

9.2 Carcass Presentation Defects

It is considered a presentation defect if:

  • the carcass sides are not attached (based on company's carcass presentation standard);
  • the carcass is unsplit;
  • the carcass approaches the Inspector rotated more than 45° from the perpendicular; or
  • greater than 50% of each kidney is missing or not exposed.

Note that carcasses presented to the Inspector unsplit or not spread because of pathology are not counted.

In those establishments where the MLN are presented and examined detached from the head, it is considered a presentation defect if:

  • the head is detached from the carcass during carcass inspection.
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