Pig breeders to provide food chain information
Pig slaughterhouses are required after January 1, 2008
to possess so-called food chain information at slaughtering, according to the
Use of substances in breeding such as medicines are implied here. With such
information, the slaughterhouses can determine whether special measures are
required at slaughtering to maintain food safety.
Pig breeders have to provide this information within 24 hours of slaughtering
to the slaughter companies. This can be carried out in two ways - for those
linked to the IKB-system (Netherlands Nutrition Centre), the information can be
entered into their database or alternatively, a form can be sent to the
slaughter company directly.
New code for pig slaughtering
This regulation forms part
of a new hygiene code for pig slaughterhouses. The Dutch Food and Consumer
Product Safety Authority VWA will supervise implementation of the new regulation
and will also use the information collected to carry out more targeted
inspections of slaughter facilities.
According to Hidde Rang of the
Dutch Product Board for Livestock, Meat and Eggs (PVE), the majority of
slaughterhouses are well-prepared for the new regulation. There are, however,
some questions such as whether pig breeders should also notify slaughterhouses
in cases where no extra substances have been used?
A meeting took place in Zoetermeer between the associations involved to
decide on a clear system of providing the information.
and Consumer Product Safety Authority
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