Slaughter: Carrying out - official ante-mortem inspection Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you are slaughtering animals whose meat is intended for human consumption, you must have the animals officially examined before and after slaughter. This concerns:

  • Cattle
  • Pigs
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • horses and other ungulates,
  • Poultry
    • does not apply directly to consumers or to local retail establishments for direct delivery to consumers of the meat of a maximum of 10,000 pieces per year of poultry slaughtered on its own farm,
  • Hare-animals
    • does not apply directly to consumers or to local retail establishments for direct distribution to consumers of the meat of not more than 10,000 pieces of hare slaughtered on its own farm per year;
  • Farm game.

The obligation to carry out investigations also applies to domestic slaughter.

Information on the food chain shall be provided.


Commercial slaughteringmays may only be carried out on establishments approved for this purpose.

Related Links

  • Lebensmittel- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch (LFGB)
  • Verordnung über Anforderungen an die Hygiene beim Herstellen, Behandeln und Inverkehrbringen von bestimmten Lebensmitteln tierischen Ursprungs (Tier-LMHV)
  • Verordnung (EG) Nr. 854/2004 mit besonderen Verfahrensvorschriften für die amtliche Überwachung von zum menschlichen Verzehr bestimmten Erzeugnissen tierischen Ursprungs
  • Tierische Lebensmittel-Überwachungsverordnung (Tier-LMÜV)
  • Verordnung (EG) Nr. 853/2004 mit spezifischen Hygienevorschriften für Lebensmittel tierischen Ursprungs

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