For the inspection activities at import, export and slaughter, and re-inspections, the tariffs will be fully cost-effective as of 1 January 2023. In 2022 the NVWA will have a shortage of approximately 35 million euros. This will now be supplemented by the government. Minister Staghouwer will initiate an investigation to see which part of the government contribution should be paid by the business sector.
As of 1 January 2023, a distinction will be made between the various types of business. The rates will be adjusted accordingly. The business community has had a great deal of input in the formulation of this new tariff classification.
In 2023, the NVWA will be divided into two organisational units. There will be a slaughter supervision department and a trade supervision department. The current tasks of the Animal Health Inspection Service (KDS) and the NVWA will be merged in the slaughter supervision service. The post mortem inspection, to determine whether the meat is suitable for human consumption, will fall under the NVWA again. The adventure of 'the butcher inspecting his own meat' is thus lifted after more than 20 years.
In the future, the NVWA will switch to arrangements and subscriptions. This should simplify the administration, which is not always flawless nowadays. It is expected to take effect in 2025.
NVWA: compliance of veal calves good in 86 percent of cases
20-06-2022 In an NVWA compliance audit of the welfare requirements for veal calves, 86 per cent of the companies checked met the requirements. The surface area measurements for calves in group housing is a point for attention. In two-thirds of the cases that did not comply, a re-inspection proved unnecessary. Because the situation was corrected on the spot.
In total, NVWA carried out inspections at 94 randomly selected veal calf farms. Of these, thirteen inspections were not satisfactory. A point for attention is that at six of these farms the surface area for the calves in group housing was insufficient in a number of pens.
Analysis of the violations shows that at nine of the thirteen farms one violation of the welfare requirements was found. At one farm, violations of two regulations were found and at three farms three components were not in agreement.
At four farms, for example, the surface area for calves weighing less than 150 kg was regarded as a violation. Two violations concerned the surface area for calves weighing between 150 and 220 kg. On two farms, the width of the single pen was not agreed upon and on three farms fresh drinking water was not permanently available in hot weather or for sick calves.
One or more infringements of regulations may be identified on a farm. Established violations may also be related to each other. For example, when it is found that a sick or injured animal is not immediately taken care of in an appropriate manner, it may also be found that a veterinarian was not consulted in time.
NVWA halts slaughterhouse after beating and kicking animals
30-06-2022 The NVWA has shut down a medium-sized slaughterhouse in the province of Utrecht with immediate effect. "We have found abuses that you hope just don't happen. But unfortunately they did happen here", says Lisette de Ruigh of the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. "This disrespectful treatment of animals is unacceptable. We are therefore taking tough action against it."
The abuses came to light after an NVWA inspector saw that a sheep had serious injuries. Investigation showed that the animal could only have sustained these injuries shortly before in the slaughterhouse.
The supervising veterinarian and NVWA inspectors decided to review the camera footage that the slaughterhouse had made earlier. The footage showed a slaughterhouse employee shoving animals by stepping on them, hitting them and kicking them.
The NVWA says that the slaughterhouse must draw up "a thorough plan of approach for structural improvement of animal welfare" before it can start operations again. In the meantime, it is also being investigated whether the behaviour of the employees gives cause for a criminal investigation. RTV Utrecht reports that the NVWA, because of the ongoing procedure, does not want to mention the name of the slaughterhouse.