CLASSES OF INSPECTION
CATEGORIES OF INSPECTION
There are three categories of food inspection. Within each category there are
circumstances that apply to that particular category. We, the veterinary food inspection
specialist, must know our role and carry out our responsibilities in each category. The
categories of inspection are:
a. Category I--origin acceptance inspections.
b. Category II--receipt inspections.
c. Category III--surveillance inspections
CATEGORY I--ORIGIN ACCEPTANCE INSPECTIONS
Origin acceptance inspections are done at the facility of the commercial contractor.
The types of inspection performed are antemortem and postmortem:
a. Antemortem Inspections.
(1) Antemortem inspections are performed on all food animals (that is, cattle,
swine, and poultry) before slaughter. The inspector looks at the live animals or poultry
(visual inspection) to observe and detect any evidence of disease or injury that would
make the meat unacceptable for human consumption.
Figure 1-1. A veterinary inspector performs antemortem inspection.