Dutch retailers postpone castration deadline

29-07-2008 | |

The Dutch supermarkets have decided to postpone the date on which they will start selling only pork originating from pigs that were anaesthesised before castration.

The new date will be March 1, 2009; from January 1 in the original announcement. The pig industry turned out not to be ready at July 1 to start with anaesthesised castration – therefore the date of January 1 came too early.

As from September 1, the Dutch supermarkets will start to pay an extra couple of eurocents to pigmeat suppliers. This money will eventually be spent for purchasing CO2 anaesthetic equipment. It is hoped to collect an amount of €3.7 million as quickly as possible.

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