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EU non-stun derogation system criticised

EU non-stun derogation system criticised

By Ed Bedington

A relaxed attitude to ritual slaughter in some EU member states has led to systematic slaughtering without stunning, regardless of consumer need, according to EU welfare experts.

French industry responds on halal controversy

French industry responds on halal controversy

By Melodie Michel

The French cattle and meat industry association INTERBEV has released a statement to put an end to the political row started by far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on halal meat.

France faces EU pig welfare investigation

France faces EU pig welfare investigation

By Melodie Michel

Animal welfare organisation Alsace Nature has filed a complaint with the European Commission against France, pointing to “regular and systematic breaching” of the EU directive on pig welfare.

Audit slates Spanish slaughterhouse conditions

Audit slates Spanish slaughterhouse conditions

By Arabella Mileham

Spanish slaughterhouses have been criticised for poor animal welfare standards, after an audit carried out by the EU’s Food and Veterinary Office found that four out of seven slaughterhouses did not meet requirements.

Spring likely to see Schmallenberg spread further

Spring likely to see Schmallenberg spread further

By Melodie Michel

The Schmallenberg virus (SBV), recently observed in ruminants, is likely to spread to other European countries when temperatures get warmer, according to the European Food safety Authority (EFSA).

EFSA to publish report on Schmallenberg

EFSA to publish report on Schmallenberg

By Melodie Michel

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to provide a scientific assessment of the risks related to the Schmallenberg virus.

French pork processors call for change

French pork processors call for change

By Melodie Michel

The French union for pork processors (SNIV-SNCP) has called for a reform of the pig industry to maintain the country’s competitiveness on the European market.

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