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Ministry of Health

Meat Inspection

SlaughterSafe Training

Completing SlaughterSafe food safety training is a mandatory requirement for all Class D and E applicants, and all individuals providing slaughter services to licence holders under a Class D or E licence.

SlaughterSafe was collaboratively designed by public health professionals and volunteer farmers in rural and remote communities, and is specifically for producers applying for a Class D or E licence. SlaughterSafe is part of a larger provincial government initiative to promote food safety and food security regarding livestock and meat production in remote communities.

SlaughterSafe Training Curriculum: What It Looks Like

  • SlaughterSafe is a one-day course divided into two sessions. The morning session takes place in a classroom, and the afternoon session on a local farm.
  • Participants will begin drafting their food safety plan during the course, and will have a hands-on opportunity to review and discuss an example plan on a local farm.
  • At the end of training, successful participants will have a solid understanding of critical food safety control points in the slaughter process, and how to document them in a food safety plan.
  • Detailed training materials will be provided to all course participants.

Who should take SlaughterSafe?

Slaughtering an animal properly is a skill and a responsibility. Food safety, the welfare of the animal, and meat quality can be severely compromised if a slaughter operator lacks the skills and experience to perform slaughter competently.

SlaughterSafe training does not teach you how to slaughter. It has been designed for:

  • People who are competent in slaughter and who intend to slaughter animals themselves under a Class D or E licence.
  • Slaughter experts hired to provide slaughter services to a Class D or E licence holder according to the approved food safety plan for that licence.

All individuals planning to slaughter should complete a slaughter competency self evaluation (PDF  67K ). You should only apply for a Class D or E licence with the intent of slaughtering your own animals if you are competent in slaughter. If you are not, you should hire a slaughter expert to provide these services for you, find a mentor, or take training to develop your skills, knowledge and experience before slaughtering animals yourself.

Course Registration

Completing the SlaughterSafe course is the first step in applying for a Class D or E licence in designated areas. In nondesignated areas, you can only apply for SlaughterSafe if your Class E feasibility study has been approved.

Contact your regional health authority to register for a scheduled course, or to indicate your interest in having a SlaughterSafe course scheduled in your area. Courses will be offered by the regional health authorities on an as-needed basis. Please check this site regularly for updates.

Current Course Offerings

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