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Parliamentary questions
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16 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005800-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Morten Messerschmidt (ECR)

 Subject:  Ritual slaughter
 Answer in writing 

In ritual/religious slaughter, the bleeding section is made across the animal’s throat with simultaneous cutting of its trachea and oesophagus. In traditional slaughter this is performed by a longitudinal section without the cutting of trachea and oesophagus. Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Appendix III, Chapter IV, Item 7 (a) states, concerning special hygiene provisions, that especially ‘the trachea and oesophagus must remain intact during bleeding, except in the case of slaughter according to a religious custom’.

Will the Commission state what the basis is for allowing this exemption, including which specific risk assessments in relation to meat contamination, have been made, not least in consideration of Item 7 stating that the slaughter process, including bleeding, must ‘be carried out without undue delay and in a manner that avoids contaminating the meat’?

Will the Commission state why it has emphasised compliance with special religious requirements as opposed to veterinary recommendations and general food hygiene, which it attaches great importance cf. the comprehensive regulation — when announcing this exemption?

Original language of question: DA 
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