Animal Health partners with industry leaders to uphold meat safety standards

The North-West University’s (NWU’s) subject group Animal Health has joined forces with International Meat Quality Assurance Services (IMQAS) and MAZTECH Consulting and Skills Development to offer an extensive meat inspection short course.

This initiative aims to equip Animal Health students with the essential skills required for the pivotal role of meat inspectors, blending theoretical knowledge with practical experience.
IMQAS is renowned for its provision of qualified meat inspection and classification personnel to abattoirs. Offering services in meat inspection, classification and meat inspection training, IMQAS brings a wealth of expertise to the partnership.

MAZTECH specialises in professional services in food safety and information and communication technology training. In addition to training in meat inspection and classification, they offer outcome-based training in animal production and meat examination, catering to diverse industry needs.

The eight-week course delves into a comprehensive array of meat inspection aspects. This includes the exploration of regulatory standards, inspection protocols, and techniques for identifying health hazards. Students undergo rigorous training conducted in real-world abattoir settings, gaining valuable hands-on experience in conducting inspections, performing carcass examinations, and recognising signs of disease or contamination.

Prof Mulunda Mwanza from the subject group Animal Health says a distinguishing feature of the course is its inclusivity of diverse species, such as crocodiles and game.

“By broadening the scope of training, students are prepared to navigate the unique challenges associated with inspecting non-traditional meat sources, thereby expanding their career prospects in the field of animal health inspection.

“Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates emerge ready for employment as animal health technicians across various sectors of the meat industry. With comprehensive knowledge and practical skills under their belts, they play a crucial role in upholding the highest standards of meat safety and quality assurance,” adds Prof Mwanza.

This collaboration highlights the unwavering commitment to excellence in animal health education and training. By equipping students with the expertise needed to excel as meat inspectors, this initiative not only benefits individual learners, but also elevates food safety and public health standards within the meat industry.

Prof Mulunda Mwanza.

Submitted on Mon, 03/25/2024 - 08:50