Poland Unprepared for Battery Cage Ban17 September 2010
POLAND - A DG SANCO report into 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 from 2012.
A newly published report from DG SANCO describes the outcome of a Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) specific audit in Poland, carried out from 23 February to 4 March 2010, as part of the general audit of Poland carried out under the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 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, and the issue of animal welfare during transport through supervised loadings and use of the national contact point. most recommendations have been generally taken into account by the CCA.
However, not all issues have been satisfactorily dealt with and 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 unenriched cages.
Regarding transport of unweaned calves, a major deficiency persists in the inadequate checks at departure, in particular on the watering and feeding intervals, journey times and resting periods.
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.
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