Slaughterhouses as Sources of Data for Animal Epidemiology

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Veterinary Clinical Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 524

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Animal Health Ireland, Carrick on Shannon Co., N41 WN27 Leitrim, Ireland
Interests: animal health; epidemiology; pig diseases; data science; decision making

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Guest Editor
Animal Health Ireland, 4-5 The Archways, Carrick On Shannon Co. , N41 WN27 Leitrim, Ireland
Interests: animal health; epidemiology; infectious disease; parasite control; livestock

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Meat inspection at the slaughterhouse is recognised as a valuable tool for animal health surveillance and food safety. Several types of data are collected at slaughterhouses, including ante-mortem and post-mortem meat inspection findings, food chain information, and production data (such as carcass weights and quality), as well as drug residues, chemical contaminants, and pathogens. From the point of public health, the objective of collecting data in the slaughterhouse is to guarantee the safety of meat, and meat inspection represents an essential tool to control animal diseases and guarantee public health. However, these data can also be used for other purposes such as animal health surveillance, animal welfare, production monitoring, and the identification of drug-resistant organisms.

The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together examples of how slaughterhouse data can be used to advance the field of animal epidemiology. Original research that focuses on old and new approaches of making full use of these data are invited to submit to this Special Issue. Using slaughterhouse data has some limitations/bias, and research focusing on addressing or accounting for these biases is encouraged.

Dr. Carla Correia-Gomes
Dr. Natascha V. Meunier
Guest Editors

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  • slaughterhouses
  • data
  • surveillance
  • animal health
  • epidemiology
  • decision making
  • food chain
  • food safety
  • meat inspection
  • animal welfare

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