In response to recommendations 1 and 5 from report 2009-8242 , requiring, respectively, that:
1. inspectors verify and implement adequately the animal welfare requirements of Directive
2008/120/EC during checks in pig holdings,and that:
5. pig farmers comply with the unobstructed floor area requirements; give manipulable
material to all categories of pigs; pregnant sows and gilts are given a sufficient quantity of
bulky or high fibre as well as high energy food; and that sick or injured pigs are dealt with
In response to recommendation 7 from report 2009-8242 concerning measures to ensure a consistent enforcement where deficiencies are detected during official controls in farms, the CA has introduced a new procedure on follow-up of inspections, which foresees a new check to verify that the deficiencies have been rectified at the expiry of a set deadline.
While there have been certain improvements in getting better compliance in the pig sector,
recommendations 5 , in particular regarding manipulable material, overstocking, and care for sick
animals and 7 concerning enforcement, have not been fully addressed and require action. As a
result of the lack of mortality and medicine records, the CA cannot adequately verify the care of
FVO/ European Union.