Hygiene in French abattoirs called 'apocalyptic'
About a quarter of the meat that is sold in France was not processed in
slaughter plants that meet European requirements on hygiene, the weekly journal
Le Point recently reported on the basis of a secret report of the French
department of food safety (DGAL).
In almost half of the abattoirs for poultry and rabbits and in 42% of the
pig, cattle and calves hygiene issues were at stake, the magazine
"The situation in the slaughterhouses can sometimes be called
apocalyptic," can be read in Le Point, giving a black list of 23 plants
where hygiene is the worst of all.
says the accusations are false. "The veterinary services only research the
animals upon arrival in the slaughterhouses and check the carcasses' veterinary
quality upon departure," vice-director Monique Eloit said.
"Only 19 out
of 333 French abattoirs, altogether responsible for 1% of the total amount of
processed meat, are in the lowest category of the French hygiene
DGAL, however, emphasisd that 59 French
slaughterhouses have been closed in the last five years, for economic or hygiene
reasons. In addition, the service called on their regional directors to increase
the checks on smaller slaughterhouses in order to meet the hygiene measures
demanded by the European Union.
This initiative follows an admonition
from the European agency for animal health that the situation in France in this
respect has to improve.
â€¢ Le Point (in French)
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