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Food: Standards

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Henley on 7 July 2010 (WA 53) and 12 July 2010 (WA 98-9), which European Union member states did not bring in the required laws, regulations and administrative provisions by 30 June 2010 to comply with Council Directive 2007/43/EC; what progress has been made with World Trade Organisation member states to obtain a provision for animal welfare in the WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary agreement; and whether they inspect chicken meat production welfare standards in Thailand.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

As well as the UK, Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, and Slovenia did not transpose Council Directive 2007/43/EC by 30 June 2010.

The Government view animal welfare as a matter of high priority. As well as promoting high animal welfare standards in this country, we are keen to encourage high animal welfare standards internationally, both in other European Union countries and in Third Countries. World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules do not allow members to ban imports on the grounds of the welfare standards applied in third countries. However, we are working with other countries within the OIE (Office international des Epizooties) to develop and progress internationally recognised standards for animal welfare. We do not have detailed knowledge of the meat inspection process in Thailand.

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