117 reports of heat stress in animals

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) received 117 reports of animals suffering from heat stress on livestock farms, in meadows, at assembly centres and in slaughterhouses during the hot days of last week. It concerns the period 13 to 20 July 2022. The authority has considered and assessed the reports. People who suspected [...]

Investigation into reputation of supervisors started

In July, an investigation was launched into how state supervisory authorities acquire their public reputation. The reputation of supervisors is not only based on expertise, but also on effectiveness, empathy and justice. Phase 2, in which citizens and supervised organisations are asked for their opinions, will start in September. In this research, a number of [...]

France bans vegetarian steaks and sausages

In France, there will soon be a ban on animal designations for meat substitutes. And if it is up to the French agro-industry, this will become European legislation. As of 1 October 2022, veggie products may no longer bear meat names such as hamburger, schnitzel or sausage. The French farmers want to make this a European item. The Flemish Poultry Federation is calling on the Belgian federal government to [...].

Avian influenza confirmed in Friesland and Overijssel

In Minnertsga (municipality of Waadhoeke, province of Friesland), bird flu has been detected at a broiler farm. In order to prevent the virus from spreading, the Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (NVWA) is cleaning up the 105,000 or so broilers on the site. In Dalfsen-Overijssel, bird flu was confirmed at a farm with 88,000 meat ducks. The farm is cleared by the NVWA. In the [...]

Political developments in EU and The Hague regarding (veterinary) legislation EU - wk 31

July 2022 Adopted EU legislation -Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1234 of 18 July 2022 amending Annex I to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/605 laying down special measures for the control of African swine fever. -Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/1320 of 26 July 2022 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/641 on certain emergency measures [...].

Large amounts of plastic found in milk and meat

Almost 80 percent of the meat and dairy products from farm animals tested by scientists contain microplastics, according to a new study by the Free University of Amsterdam. The possible cause could be the feed of cows and pigs. All twelve samples of feed pellets and shredded feed examined were found to contain plastic. In the fresh feed [...]

Update R&R protocol to prevent African swine fever

The Livestock & Logistics sector is taking extra hygiene measures to prevent the introduction of swine fever. In connection with African Swine Fever (ASF) in Europe and the recent outbreaks in Germany, extra attention is needed for the cleaning and disinfection of livestock trucks, especially when they return from abroad. In order to prevent the introduction of ASF into the Netherlands, a [...].

NVWA goes for more digital supervision

Minister Staghouwer (LNV) informs the House of Representatives about the use of resources to strengthen the position of the NVWA. In 2022, 30 million euros will be structurally available to strengthen (digital) supervision. Strengthening the foundation Innovations in the field of technical and team consultation, good quality data and/or information for risk analyses and insight into the [...].

Political developments in EU and The Hague regarding (veterinary) legislation EU - wk 27

July 2022 EU legislation adopted -Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1173 of 31 May 2022 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2021/2116 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the integrated administration and control system relating to the common agricultural policy. -Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/1189 of 8 July 2022 laying down [...].

Certification of unpackaged organic products started

Already 658 shops certified for the sale of unpacked organic products Skal Biocontrole has set up a new certification scheme for the sale of unpacked organic products. This meets the latest requirements of the European Regulation EU 2018/848. Currently 13 retail chains, 83 independent shops and 3 market stalls have applied for certification. In total, [...]