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Polish poultry industry unprepared for battery cage ban

A report on animal welfare in Poland has highlighted concerns over the transportation of laying hens and calves, and warns of the apparent lack of preparedness for the ban on conventional battery cages for egg production for 2012.

The newly published report from DG SANCO describes the outcome of a Food and Veterinary Office specific audit in Poland, carried out from February 23 to March 4, as part of the general audit of Poland carried out under the provisions of Regulation on official food and feed controls.

The specific audit evaluated the implementation of national measures aimed at the control of animal welfare on farms and during transport. The report concludes that controls have been strengthened on certain issues through verification of controls by regional level. Most recommendations have generally been taken into account by the CCA.

However, major problems persist in relation to enforcement actions, in particular concerning laying hen farms. Additionally, there is insufficient planning to ensure that the deadline of 31-12-2011 is met for the ban on un-enriched cages.

The report makes a number of recommendations to the competent authorities of Poland, aimed at rectifying the shortcomings identified and at enhancing the implementation of control measures in place.

Editor WorldPoultry

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