Public consultation on the welfare of dairy cows in small scale farms

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Method of poultry meat inspection

12 July 2012
Christine De Veyrac (PPE)

On 29 June 2012 the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) published a scientific opinion on the inspection of poultry meat in the European Union.

This opinion states that traditional systems for inspecting meat and poultry may not suffice to properly address major biological risks to public heath (particularly the bacteria Campylobacter spp. and Salmonella spp.).

EFSA confirms that ‘current inspection methods do not enable the detection of these hazards’ and that they ‘do not differentiate food safety concerns from considerations related to meat quality, prevention of animal diseases or occupational hazards’.

It is crucial for meat to be inspected so as to detect and warn against hazards caused by the presence of pathogens or chemical contamination in foodstuffs of animal origin and thereby to provide effective protection to the European public and ensure animal health and well-being.

EFSA’s opinion provides a ‘scientific basis for the modernisation of poultry meat inspection’. It also proposes that ‘risk-based interventions’ coupled with the improved use of information shared between farms and abattoirs be carried out.

Could the Commission say whether, in the light of this scientific opinion, it intends to implement the reform to the poultry meat inspection system that EFSA recommends?

29 August 2012
Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission

At present the Commission is studying EFSA’s proposals for the review of poultry meat inspection and intends to present legislative proposals for possible amendments in the first trimester of 2013.