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Parliamentary questions
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10 July 2019
E-002209-19
Question for written answer E-002209-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dominique Bilde (ID)

 Subject:  Alternatives to slaughter without stunning and labelling of products derived from ritual slaughter
 Answer in writing 

Article 4(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 makes exceptions for ‘animals subject to particular methods of slaughter prescribed by religious rites’, as agreed by Member States(1).

On 15 June 2004, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had voiced ‘serious animal welfare concerns associated with slaughter without stunning’, adding that ‘all animals which are slaughtered should be adequately stunned in a humane way’. The EFSA outlined the possible ‘risks to hygiene in slaughter without stunning, if separate knives are not used’(2).

Slaughter without stunning could increase the risk of bacterial contamination, in particular with Escherichia coli(3).

1. Will the Commission publish statistics on slaughtering without stunning?

2. Will it enforce specific labelling of products derived from ritual slaughter?

3. Given its powers to maintain regular and transparent dialogue with different religious groups, as laid down in Article 17 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union(4), will the Commission encourage the use of fail-safe reversible stunning techniques?

(1)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/FR/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32009R1099
(2)https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.2903/j.efsa.2004.45
(3)https://www.maxisciences.com/viande-halal/l-abattage-rituel-un-risque-sanitaire-faible-mais-qui-peut-etre-dramatique-voire-mortel_art22018.html
(4)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/FR/TXT/?uri=celex%3A12012E%2FTXT

Original language of question: FR 
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