EU Changes to the Animal Health Rules (production of horse meat)

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 08:00
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Upon receiving a copy of the official EU Regulation (COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2016/1832 of 17 October 2016), regarding changes to the animal health rules governing the production of horsemeat, we thought the public should be aware of the contents and are therefore including a link to the original document below.

It should be noted that the official change in this regulation does include a provision requiring that as of March 2017, equines must be kept for six months immediately prior to slaughter and in addition, that a monitoring system must be put into place to track residues.

Excerpts of change:

"which immediately prior to slaughter had been kept for at least six months or since birth, if slaughtered at an age of less than six months…”

“which has had, at least during the six months prior to slaughter of the animals, a plan for the monitoring of the groups of residues and substances referred to in Annex I to Directive 96/23/EC which covers equidae born in and imported into the third country…”

Rest assured that Animals’ Angels will continue to fully investigate the Canadian horse slaughter pipeline as we always have and provide our footage and reports to the EU Commission as we strongly urge them to ban the import of horse meat altogether.

GO HERE to read the full EU Regulation.