Imported poultry must meet EU standards

The European Commission should ensure that meat imported from non-EU countries meets European standards, stated MEPs at a meeting of the European Parliament agriculture committee.

It is reported that the MEPs present at the meeting were also keen that small-scale slaughterhouses in Europe should get a derogation on the appointment of an animal welfare officer.

The committee gave its support to a Commission proposal seeking to replace the 1993 directive on the protection of animals at the time of slaughter with a new harmonised regulation.

Every year 4 billion poultry birds are slaughtered in the EU.

Source: Pig World

Natalie Berkhout

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