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Thursday 31st March 2016.
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Vets Concerned Over Move to Industry-Led Welfare Codes

UK vets have expressed concern after it was revealed that different farm sectors would gradually be taking over responsibility for guidance on farm animal welfare.

It has been widely reported that the guidance documents, which put welfare regulations into more practical codes, are being transferred to industry bodies because the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) does not have the resources to update them.

The move is expected to start with the British Poultry Council taking over responsibility for chicken welfare guidance, followed by other sectors later.

But the British Veterinary Association warned that the decision risks undermining public confidence in animal welfare standards on farms and called for urgent reassurance.

Commenting, BVA President Sean Wensley said: “We are pleased that there will be no changes to the legislation that underpins animal welfare but it is unclear where the checks and balances now lie. It is vital that Defra puts measures in place urgently to provide that reassurance.” – Click here to read more.

In the US this week, a statement from the National Chicken Council said the industry is addressing the 'woody breast' meat quality phenomenon through research.

The statement came after an article in the Wall Street Journal brought wider attention to the hardened breast meat issue.

“Recently, the industry and consumers alike have become aware of a muscle abnormality in chicken meat (commonly known as “woody breast”) that causes breast muscle to be hard to the touch, often pale in colour with poor quality texture," Mr Super said.

"It affects a very small percentage of the chickens we raise, but does not negatively impact them from a welfare standpoint. In addition, there are no food safety or health concerns for consumers because of this muscle condition.

“The exact cause is not known, so industry has embarked on research to determine the exact causes as well as possible solutions to this quality issue.” – Read more.



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