How we are inspected by external parties
External inspections in abattoirs are mandatory and necessary. These inspections are conducted by the responsible inspectorates. In the Netherlands, this is the Netherlands Food and Consumer Safety Authority (NVWA). At least two supervising veterinarians are active during production in all Vion abattoirs. They organise the live inspections and meat inspections, during which all animals are checked for welfare and health. Moreover, independent, accredited certification agencies conduct inspections, and our customers often also send their own inspectors.
Inspection by veterinary authorities
In all Vion abattoirs, internal and external inspections are considered of great value. Particularly important for consumers are the regular inspections by the veterinary authorities. These are official government inspections in three key areas: official slaughter animal and meat inspections (abattoirs only), residue inspections (abattoirs only) and hygiene supervision of all Vion companies.
In addition to internal and external control systems, our products and processes are also checked by independent, recognized certification agencies.
How we check ourselves
In order to guarantee the production of meat with the highest quality standards, every step in the production process is accompanied by a multiple internal control system.