Software Eases Administration in Meat Industry

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New software and portable computers recently trialled in the UK look set to improve and speed-up administration in meat processing plants and slaughterhouses. Innovation Software Consultants, based Grimsby, worked with The Meat Hygiene Service to introduce automatic data capture systems to reduce errors and deliver accurate information in real-time reporting.

New software and portable computers recently trialled in the UK look set to improve and speed-up administration in meat processing plants and slaughterhouses.

Innovation Software Consultants, based Grimsby, worked with The Meat Hygiene Service to introduce automatic data capture systems to reduce errors and deliver accurate information in real-time reporting.

Stephen Mumby, Director of Innovation Software Consultants is pleased with the results to date.
"EU Regulations require that an Official Veterinarian should record any disease or condition which may compromise animal welfare or affect public or animal health," explained Stephen. "This information must then be communicated back to the relevant stakeholders i.e. the food business operator, the producer and where necessary, the producer's vet and the authorities, all in a standard format.

"This process is largely paper based and takes several weeks - with ample opportunity for error. But by trialling hand-held, portable computers to collect data, vets and operatives can quickly and easily enter information at every stage, making for far quicker and easier reporting of food chain information along with hourly updates."

The Meat Hygiene Service is responsible for the protection of public health and animal health and welfare in Great Britain. The Agency approached Innovation Software to adapt and develop its 'Tracesoft' software for a 'proof of concept' exercise, as it felt electronic data capture at the point of inspection might be a useful tool in tightening operating procedures.

"We are still working to 'finetune' the system," added Stephen. "But are pleased that it has proved the business case and we are now looking forward to the next stage of development."

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