Issue of the labelling of meat from animals slaughtered without stunning (in line with religious slaughtering practices)


26 November 2013    

Marina Yannakoudakis (ECR)           

The issue of the labelling of meat from animals that have not been stunned prior to their slaughter (in line with religious slaughtering practices) is currently the subject of a study which is being carried out by an external consultant on behalf of the Commission. The conclusions of the study are expected by April 2014.

In anticipation of the results, could the Commission provide the following information:

1. Will the study include percentages or statistics disclosing the number of instances of mis‐stuns, including second and third re-stuns, by slaughter men operating captive‐bolt pistols in UK and European abattoirs?
2. Will the study include all forms of so-called humane killing of animals, such as electronarcosis (which involves the positioning of electrodes), suffocation by gas and, in the case of birds, suspension by their feet for the purposes of electrocution in a water bath?

23 January 2014


Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission

The issues raised by the Member of the European Parliament are not part of the scope of the study.

Concerning the objective of the study, the Commission would like to refer to its previous replies to Questions E-11775/2013, E-12197/2013 and E-12582/2013(1).