On December 20th, 2019 in Yerevan Food Safety Inspection Body of the Government of RA held a conference on “Importance of animal slaughtering and transition paths in Armenia” with the support of “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” and “Livestock Development in the South-North” Programs. Representatives from international organizations and state bodies participated the conference. “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” and “Livestock Development in Armenia: South-North” Projects are financed Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Austrian Development Agency, the program unit of Austrian Development and Cooperation.
The event was aimed at informing meat market participants about the importance of animal slaughtering, as well as the transition ways from backyard to slaughterhouse slathering practices in Armenia and the steps undertaken by the Food Safety Inspection Body of The Government of RA. The inspection body once again highlighted the importance, as well as the ways of transition from backyard slaughtering to slaughterhouse.
Head of Food Safety Inspection Body of the Government of RA Mr. Georgi Avetisyan indicated about the strict control, assuring that meat and meat products without veterinary safety certificate N5 will be removed from the market.
During the event, there was mentioned the tight cooperation between Food Safety Inspection Body of the Government of RA and SDA in the transition process to slaughterhouse slaughtering, jointly implemented activities achieved results.
During the seminars organized by SDA NGO, employees of Inspectorate Body as well as representatives of slaughterhouses received knowledge and information on international experience on slaughtering activities and control, instructions on animal transportation and quarantine before slaughtering, procedures for delivering meat and by products to the marketplace, as well as necessary skillset to implement already started transition process from backyard slaughtering to slaughterhouse mandatory practices in a smooth and stable way.
After the conference, certificates of participation were given to inspectors of Food Safety Inspection Body of the Government of RA for attending the “Inspection fundamentals for companies providing slaughtering services supervised by Food Safety Inspection Body of the Government of RA” training financed by Strategic Development Agency NGO.