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Trichinella is a parasitic nematode worm that can cause disease in people when eating raw or undercooked meat from Trichinella-infected domestic animals or game. These diseases are collectively called "trichinellosis".

It may infect pigs, horses, wild boar, foxes, wolves, bears, skunks, raccoons, rats and other mammals including sea mammals and carnivore birds.

EU rules

Under EU legislation "trichinellosis" is a "specific hazard" with special rules on official controls.

EU rules require tests for Trichinella in all slaughtered pigs, wild boar and horses, except in pigs from Trichinella-free farms or regions with negligible risk.

Regulation EC 854/2004

Regulation EC 2075/2005

Officially recognised regions with negligible risk of Trichinella in domestic swine

Guidelines & reports

Guidelines - Detection of Trichinella larvae at the slaughterhouse or laboratory PDF

Guidelines - Sampling methods for monitoring Trichinella infection PDF

Report - 1st interlaboratory comparison of a serological test to detect anti-Trichinella IgG in swine sera PDF

Report - Ring trial to detect Trichinella spiralis larvae in pork samples PDF

EU Reference Laboratory for Parasites