European Beef

Food Safety & Traceability

The European Union aims to assure the highest level of food safety and animal health through coherent “farm to table” measures and ongoing monitoring.

EU regulation 820/97 establishes a regime of individual traceability of cattle by means of

  • Individual calf tagging with 2 tags.
  • An individual passport to record all farm movements and health history during its lifetime.
  • Reporting of animal movements on the Animal Identification and Movement System (AIM).

In Ireland the Department of Agriculture’s oversee this computer based system for tracking the movement of all cattle from birth to processing in Ireland.