Carry out post-mortem inspection activities (poultry)

Business Sectors (Suites): Meat and Poultry Processing
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 01 Jan 2019


This standard is about the skills and knowledge needed for you to carry out post-mortem inspection activities in poultry. Carrying out postmortem inspection activities in poultry is important to the production of a final product that meets organisational and regulatory requirements. This standard applies specifically to work activities in relation to the provision of assistance to the Official Veterinarian. You will need to be able to: • Carry out inspections of the carcass and offals of each designated species of food bird • Follow regulatory and organisational procedures for detention, partial rejection and total rejection of carcasses and offal • Make a range of judgements with regard to specific conditions and carry out any further designated action relevant to the species of poultry involved This standard is for you if you work in food manufacture and/or supply operations and are involved in carrying out post-mortem inspection activities (poultry).

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Prepare to carry out post-mortem health inspections

  1. wear and use personal protective equipment required when

    carrying out pre-slaughter inspection activities in accordance with

    regulatory standards and organisational requirements

  2. check availability and cleanliness of equipment and work area

  3. access regulatory and organisational specifications and standard

    operating procedures

    Undertake inspections

  4. recognise normal and abnormal poultry and take appropriate


  5. carry out inspections of uneviscerated birds in accordance with

    regulatory and organisational requirements

  6. carry out inspections of carcasses, cavity inspections and viscera

    and other specified by-products

  7. check that the carcasses of birds and offal unfit for human

    consumption are rejected and removed appropriately from the

    edible processing operation

  8. collect and initiate communication of inspection results to relevant


  9. make judgements on the fitness or unfitness for human

    consumption of the carcasses and offal of the birds presented for


Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the correct personal protective equipment and the equipment and

    facilities to carry out the appropriate inspections

    1. the required form of presentation for carcasses and offal for


    1. the method of inspection as required by the relevant regulation/s

    2. the significance of abnormal poultry

    3. the basic principles of poultry diseases including zoonotic and

    notifiable diseases

    1. the procedures for detention, partial rejection and total rejection of

    carcasses and offal

    1. the importance of, the purpose of and the method of reporting and

    recording the reasons for rejections of carcass meat and offal


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

01 Jan 2024





Originating Organisation


Original URN

impmp305s, impmp306k

Relevant Occupations

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, Manufacturing Technologies, Plant and Machine Operatives, Process Operatives, Process, Plant and Machine Operatives

SOC Code



Poultry; Post mortem; Inspection; Carcass; Offal