The official veterinarian’s role in food hygiene represents an essential public good.

The veterinary profession in Europe play a pivotal role in the provision and assurance of the safety of foods of animal origin, from healthy animals managed in a manner that does not compromise their welfare, to the consumer. This is especially the case where animals are processed through a slaughterhouse where in addition, ‘meat inspection, both ante and post mortem, is a key component of the overall surveillance system for animal health and welfare’.