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Audit 2014-7059 of 24 November 2014 in order to evaluate the animal welfare controls in place at slaughter and during related operations
Recommendation
Basis for assessment
Current Status
2014-7059-4
This recommendation was based on the conclusion and associated findings regarding the use  In Progress
To ensure that waterbath stunning is  of  lower  electrical  parameters  in  waterbath  stunning  than  those  required  by  the  Regulation. 
carried out in accordance with the 
The CCA instruction provided that ‘due to problems affecting the quality of the carcasses, it is 
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Current Status
minimum currents laid down in table  provisionally still acceptable to use slightly lower intensities provided that the animals were 
2 in point 6(3) of Chapter II of 
completely stunned’. This derogation was granted pending the results of a four-year research 
Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 
project  being  carried  out  at  the  University  of  Ghent  on  the  stunning  of  poultry  and  the 
1099/2009.
application  of  the  standards  required  by  the  Regulation.  The  project  includes  making  an 
Recommendation based on 
inventory of practices in all slaughterhouses.
conclusion No 47. Associated 
The Belgian response stated that a lot of slaughterhouses report problems with the application 
findings No 35 and No 36.
of the standards for water bath stunning according to Annex I of Regulation 1099/2009, either 
Legal basis for this recommendation:  for reasons of meat quality or for religious reasons because of the possible irreversibility of 
Point 6(3) of Chapter II of Annex I  the  stun.  Therefore,  small  derogations  to  the  parameters  are  allowed  as  long  as  the 
to Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009.
slaughterhouse operators can guarantee that the animals are sufficiently stunned, pending the 
results  of  the  research  project  which  were  expected  by  the  end  of  2017.  When  they  are 
available the whole situation would be re-evaluated.
A further response in September 2015 stated that the competent authority would enforce the 
waterbath stunning parameters as required by Regulation 1099/2009. A meeting on the subject 
with the poultry slaughterhouses was planned for October 2015.
In the context of the administrative up-date of the country profile initiated in 2017, the 
competent authorities provided the following up-dates:
 
Région de Bruxelles Capitale: "The Brussels Region has no poultry slaughterhouse."
Vlaamse overheid: "There’s a re-evaluation of the situation planned in the beginning of 2018, 
when the research results become available."
Service public de Wallonie: "The situation did not evolve in anticipation of the results of the 
Ghent study."
A further update in September and 2018 provided the following information:
Flanders: The results of the study by the University of Ghent became available in June 2018. 
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They  indicate  that  the  electrical  parameters  mentioned  in  the  Regulation  1099/2009  do  not 
lead  to  significantly  more  carcass  damage,  nor  to  significantly  more  dead  birds  when 
compared  to  lower  parameters.  In  light  of  this  study,  the  Flemish  government  will  start  to 
strictly  enforce  these  parameters.  A  meeting  was  planned  with  the  slaughterhouse 
representatives at the end of August 2018.
SPW: At first sight the results of the Ghent study are going in the direction of the strict respect 
of the norms. If this is confirmed after analysis, Wallonia will enforce the waterbath stunning 
parameters as required by Regulation 1099/2009.
In November, 2018 the Flemish CA provided the following additional information:
The  meeting  took  place  and  the  sector  was  informed  about  the  new  control  policy  and  the 
intention to strictly enforce the foreseen parameters. These controls will start on 1/1/2019, in 
parallel with the new legislation forbidding slaughter without stunning.
An update on the implementation of these undertakings will be followed up during Audit 
2019-6666 in September, 2019.
 
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