EU members go head-to-head on poultry welfare standards
A European Commission suggestion for stocking densities levels for broilers
across the block resulted in a heated debated between European Union agriculture
Stocking densities, (how many birds are packed into a specific area), vary
widely across the 25-nation block, with an average 40kg of bird weight per
However, a Commission suggestion of 30kg as a base
standard but with leeway for intensive rearing operations to increase this to
38kg, providing welfare standards are met, sparked a heated
The EU states that endorsed the move included Britain,
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg and Sweden. However
Italy and Greece wanted higher base densities.
Commission officials the extra cost to broiler farmers due to its animal welfare
proposals would be minimal, between 0.025 euros and 0.035 euros per bird, whose
overall cost at farm level was around €2.
The discussion will be
picked up under the Finnish presidency rotation, which starts July
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