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Parliamentary questions
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8 August 2018
Question for written answer E-004240-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Annie Schreijer-Pierik (PPE)

 Subject:  Rules on horsemeat
 Answer in writing 

In the Netherlands, a foal which has not received a microchip and a passport within the first six months of its life is no longer allowed to be slaughtered for human consumption. In Belgium, on the other hand, horses that have had a microchip inserted at a later date may still be slaughtered. It is reported that horses are being taken from the Netherlands to Belgium for slaughter there, after which meat from them may be exported for consumption in the Netherlands. Does the Commission feel that this ought to prompt proposals for harmonisation?

Horses can no longer be slaughtered for human consumption if medicine has been administered to them, even if several months have passed so that it has been eliminated from the horse’s body. In the case of bovine animals, a waiting period applies, after which they may still be slaughtered. What is the reason for the stricter treatment of horses?

Original language of question: NL 
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