Belgium: new methods authorised for grading pig carcasses

Belgium has requested the Commission to authorise eight methods for grading pig carcasses on its territory.

Monday 30 July 2012 (5 years 6 months 24 days ago)

Due to changes in the pig population, the formulae used with these methods are currently underestimating the lean meat content. It is therefore necessary to update the formula of the authorised methods and to obtain and use three new grading methods.

Belgium has requested the Commission to authorise eight methods for grading pig carcasses on its territory and has presented a detailed description of the dissection trial, indicating the principles on which those methods are based, the results of its dissection trial and the equations used for assessing the percentage of lean meat in the protocol. Examination of that request has revealed that the conditions for authorising those grading methods are fulfilled. Those grading methods should therefore be authorised in Belgium.

In view of the technical circumstances while introducing new devices and new equations, the methods for grading pig carcasses authorised under Decision 97/107/EC should continue to apply up to 30 September 2012.

The use of the following methods is authorised for grading pig carcasses:

(a) the ‘Capteur Gras/Maigre — Sydel (CGM)’ apparatus and the assessment methods related thereto, details of which are given in Part 1 of the Annex;
(b) the ‘Giralda Choirometer Pork Grader (PG 200)’ apparatus and the assessment methods related thereto, details of which are given in Part 2 of the Annex;
(c) the ‘Hennessy Grading Probe (HGP 4)’ apparatus and the assessment methods related thereto, details of which are given in Part 3 of the Annex;
(d) the ‘Fat-O-Meat’er (FOM II)’ apparatus and the assessment methods related thereto, details of which are given in Part 4 of the Annex;
(e) the ‘OptiScan TP’ apparatus and the assessment methods related thereto, details of which are given in Part 5 of the Annex;
(f) the ‘CSB Image-Meater’ apparatus and the assessment methods related thereto, details of which are given in Part 6 of the Annex;
(g) the ‘VCS 2000’ apparatus and the assessment methods related thereto, details of which are given in Part 7 of the Annex;
(h) the ‘AutoFOM III’ apparatus and the assessment methods related thereto, details of which are given in Part 8 of the Annex.

pdf 2012/416/EU

Thursday July 19, 2012/ DOUE/ European Union.
http://eur-lex.europa.eu

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