The practice started following clusters in Laois, Offaly and Kildare - but was suspended due to an increase in demand for tests.
The Agriculture Minister says he wants serial testing at meat processing plants to resume as soon as possible.
The practice started following clusters in Laois, Offaly and Kildare - but was suspended on Tuesday because of a big increase in demand for tests in the community.
So far, 15,000 tests have been carried out in meat plants, which employ about 50,000 people across the country.
The HSE intends to resume the mass testing next week.
Speaking at an Agriculture Science Association conference today, Charlie McConalogue said he hopes that's the case: