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Public Consultation On Beef Carcase Classification

21 September 2009

UK - Defra has launched a public consultation on the implementation of new European legislation concerning the classification of beef, pig and sheep carcases and the reporting of prices.

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a consultation on the implementation of new European legislation concerning the classification of beef. pig and sheep carcases and the reporting of prices.

The European Commission has recently consolidated legislation governing agricultural commodity markets into a single common organisation of the markets. In the meat sector this now incorporates three earlier regulations setting rules on the classification of and price reporting on beef, sheep and pig carcases.

Most of the new EU implementing legislation does not represent any significant change except in the way beef carcases may be presented on the slaughter line (their ‘dressing specification’) for classification and pricing whereby an agreed UK specification is now legally recognised.

EU beef and pig classification and deadweight price reporting continue to be compulsory for Member States, but classification requirements remain optional for sheep.

The impact on the livestock sector of the proposed Regulations is expected to be small. Those affected are operators of approved slaughterhouses killing adult bovine animals and pigs, classifiers of bovine animals and pigs, and beef and pig farmers.

The closing date for comments is 13 November 2009.

Further Reading

- You can view the full consultation and respond by clicking here.

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