The draft regulation applies to slaughtering in small sheep- and goatslaughterhouses.
Notification in relation to Article 10(5) of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
The purpose of the draft regulation is to establish specific rules for small sheep and goat slaughterhouses. The draft regulation provides for certain exemptions from the requirements for slaughterhouses regarding the construction, layout and equipment of the establishments, provided that the establishment fulfils the minimum requirements set out in Regulation (IS) No. 103/20110 (implementing Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004), Regulation (IS) No. 104/2010 (implementing Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004) and Regulation (IS) No. 234/2020 (implementing Regulation (EC) 2017/625), as well as subsequent amendments and derived acts.
To be defined as a small sheep and/or goat slaughterhouse the maximum number of animals slaughtered per day cannot exceed 30. The sheep and goat slaughtering season is from September to November each year.
According to the draft regulation, processing at different stages may be carried out within the same area of the establishment if the temporal separation between the production stages is ensured, as well as appropriate cleaning and disinfection of the production area between the different processing stages. These requirements are laid out in Article 6 of the draft Regulation. According to the requirements, the separation between the different stages of processing should always be ensured, either through using separate rooms and/or separation in time between the different stages of processing that allows for proper cleaning and disinfection between the different processing stages. The seperation between "clean" and "unclean areas", as they are
defined in Article 3 of the draft regulation, should thereby always be ensured. While the set up may vary between individual slaughterhouses, Article 6 of the draft Regulation requires that the number of rooms in the small scale slaughterhouses are always adequate for the operations to be carried out in such a way that the production process is coherent and cross-contamination between products can be avoided. Provided that the requirements of the draft Regulation are fulfilled, the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) can approve slaughterhouse facilities for small scale sheep and goat slaughterhouses where both slaughter and cutting are carried out in the same room.