Falsification of animal records

16 January 2014        


Marc Tarabella (S&D) , Jean Louis Cottigny (S&D)

What steps is the Commission intending to take with regard to the instances of falsified medical records for animals destined for slaughter and exported to the European Union which have been revealed by audits of the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO)?

Is it not essential that meat and other products of animal origin coming from third countries, for which it is impossible to ensure that the Union’s food safety requirements have been complied with, are excluded from the Union market?

26 February 2014


Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission

When irregularities are detected by the Food and Veterinary Office during audits, the Competent Authorities of the third country in question are informed and requested to correct the situation. Depending on the adequacy of the reaction of the third country, the export can either continue, is suspended or is terminated.

Penalties in relation to fraudulent practices in the food and feed area are regulated by Regulation (EU) No 882/2004 on official controls.

Meat and other products of animal origin imported into the EU must fulfil equivalent safety requirements as similar products produced in the EU.