Handbook of Australian Meat 7th Edition AusMeatInternational Red Meat Manual
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STANDARD CARCASE TRIM REQUIREMENTS HELP

The requirements of the Australian Standard Carcase Trim Definitions for Beef / Veal / Sheep and Goat are shown in the table below.

Government Health and Hygiene inspection services requirements are performed to pass meat fit for human consumption.

The Australian Standard Carcase Trim requirements apply to Cattle / Sheep / Goats that are traded in AUS-MEAT Accredited Enterprises.

BEEF / VEAL- STANDARD CARCASE TRIM DEFINITION

HYGIENE REQUIREMENTS


  • Minimum trimming as required by meat inspection services for the carcase to be passed fit for human consumption.
  • Trimming of the neck and neck region may be extended to ensure compliance with “Zero Tolerance” for ingesta contamination, especially where halal slaughter has been performed. This extension of the standard carcase for beef is limited to a hygiene trim and must be controlled by the approved arrangement under the Australian Standards.

STANDARD TRIM REQUIREMENTS


  • Head removed between the skull and first cervical vertebrae.
  • Feet between the knee joint and hock joint.
  • Tail at the junction between the sacral and coccygeal vertebrae.
  • Skirts removed (Thin/Thick).
  • Kidney, kidney fat and fat from within the pelvic channel fat.

  • Udder, testes, penis and external fat on the ventral abdomen – precrural, udder and cod fats.
  • Fat on the channel rim from the tuber ischii to the
    sacro-coccygeal junction.
  • Excess fat on the Topside rim up to 1cm from the underlying muscle.
  • Xiphoid cartilage and intra-thoracic fat.
  • Excess external brisket fat up to 1 cm from underlying muscles.

SHEEPMEAT / GOATMEAT STANDARD CARCASE TRIM DEFINITION

HYGIENE REQUIREMENTS


  • Minimum trimming as required by meat inspection services for the carcase to be passed fit for human consumption.
  • Trimming of the neck and neck region may be extended to ensure compliance with “Zero Tolerance” for ingesta contamination, especially where halal slaughter has been performed. This extension of the standard carcase trim is limited to a hygiene trim and may include complete removal of the 1st cervical vertebrae. This process must be controlled by the approved arrangement under the Australian Standards.

STANDARD TRIM REQUIREMENTS


  • Head removed between the skull and first cervical vertebrae.
  • Feet between the knee joint and hock joint.
  • Thick Skirt removed.

  • Tail is removed so that it is no longer than 5
    coccygeal vertebrae.
  • Kidney, kidney knob and pelvic channel fat.
  • Udder, or testes, penis and udder fat.