MAIN CAUSES OF CONDEMNATION IN POULTRY SLAUGHTERHOUSES REGISTERED IN BRAZILIAN FEDERAL INSPECTION SERVICE FROM 2006 TO 2011

Abstract The poultry industry in Brazil as well as the domestic consumption and exportation of poultry have experienced significant growth. The Federal Inspection Service is responsible for the sanitary inspection of poultry slaughter, and it routinely records injuries or illnesses that have been identified in the Management Information System of the Federal Inspection Service (SIGSIF). The aim of this study was to evaluate the main causes of condemnation in poultry slaughterhouses registered in the Federal Inspection Service from data entered into the SIGSIF system from 2006 to 2011. The total rate of condemnations observed during this period was 5.99%, and the major causes were contamination (1.80%), contusion /traumatic injuries (1.57%), dermatosis (0.74%) and cellulitis (0, 50%). Regional variations were observed in the occurrence of condemnations, and only in case of dermatosis a seasonal behavior was observed. The SIGSIF is an important source of information concerning the causes of condemnations in poultry slaughter and can be a useful tool for assessing the causes and proposing measures to prevent or mitigate risks.