Sweden's animal welfare programme should serve as a model for the rest of the EU, claims the Swedish Poultry Meat Association. Over 40 representatives from different countries of the European Union met in Sweden last week to discuss directives for poultry production in the EU.
"The majority of the delegates were very impressed by the high standards that we have in the areas of animal welfare and also our salmonella control system," said Maria Donis, acting managing director of the Swedish Poultry Meat Association.
"It shows that all the work we have invested in animal welfare truly has given good results."
Sweden has an official animal welfare programme in place, which was developed in co-operation with government officials, academic researchers and consumer representatives. The programme, which also includes a control process for bird health and disease control, is supervised by the authorities through The Swedish Board of Agriculture.
The association claims that only producers who meet stringent criteria are allowed to house chickens to the maximum density allowed.