Disease Surveillance

The Slaughterhouse and Disease Surveillance Unit under the Slaughterhouse (Veterinary) Section is responsible for disease surveillance. They will report suspected diseases if discovered in food animals in slaughterhouses. Samples are regularly collected from food animals and sent to Veterinary Laboratory of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for disease surveillance. Body fluid and tissues such as lymph nodes and vital organs will also be sampled from the condemned animal carcass for testing when necessary.

Verification of Documents for the Food Animals Admitted into the Slaughterhouses

The Slaughterhouse and Disease Surveillance Unit is also responsible for collection and verification of Animal Health Certificates for the imported food animals from the Mainland or the relevant Admission Forms for pigs delivered from local pig farms.

  No. of local and imported food animals inspected
Pigs Cattle Goats
Year No. of animals inspected No. of animal health certificates verified No. of animals inspected No. of animal health certificates verified No. of animals inspected No. of animal health certificates verified
2016 1 527 516 35 607 (health certificates)
+7 149 (admission forms for local pigs)
17 493 1 626 (health certificates) 3 396 31 (health certificates)
2017 1 559 627 36 061 (health certificates)
+ 8 712 (admission forms for local pigs)
17 338 1 660 (health certificates) 3 465 32 (health certificates)