Emergency summit required on pigmeat imports from illegal systems

EU has banned the use of stalls for sows throughout most of their pregnancy from the beginning of the New Year most European countries are not yet compliant.

Friday 21 December 2012 (5 years 9 months 26 days ago)
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ACMCA call for an emergency summit meeting to prevent the importation of pigmeat from illegal production systems in Europe from 1st January 2013 has been made by Matthew Curtis, managing director of pig-breeding company, ACMC Ltd.

Although, on welfare grounds, the EU has banned the use of stalls for sows throughout most of their pregnancy from the beginning of the New Year most European countries are not yet compliant.

Matthew Curtis“Figures from the National Pig Association suggest that nearly 5 million sows will be kept under illegal production systems. They will produce roughly 96 million pigs — about 1.8 million a week. This is a staggering amount — equivalent to the entire production from Germany and Spain — the EU’s largest pig producers,” said Matthew.

“Imports of such meat will have serious implications for British pig farmers who follow high welfare practices and who have had to comply with a total ban on sow stalls for over a decade,” he said.

“Due to cheaper production methods this lower-welfare meat could undercut UK-produced meat and the fiasco in the EU surrounding non-compliance with the battery-cage ban in 2012 will pale into insignificance compared with this.”

The summit should involve all UK retailers, wholesalers, slaughter-processors, producers and consumer bodies to ensure that no pigmeat from illegal production systems in the EU enters the UK, says Mr Curtis.

“There should be harsh penalties to ensure that retailers and wholesalers found to be importing this meat take responsibility for the consequences of their actions.”

The EU has banned the use of stalls for sows throughout most of their pregnancy

December 21, 2012 - ACMC

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