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Effectiveness of Stunning Methods to Come Under Scrutiny

20 March 2015

EU - The effectiveness of stunning methods and the welfare of animals are to come under scrutiny at a special technical meeting organised by the European Food Safety Authority.

EFSA’s Animal and Plant Health (ALPHA) Unit is organising the technical info session to present its guidance on the assessment criteria for studies evaluating the effectiveness of stunning interventions regarding animal protection at the time of killing.

The overall aim of the meeting is to present and explain the content of the EFSA’s guidance.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Overview of the legal framework (Annex I of Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009);
  • Steps followed by EFSA in the evaluation of studies (eligibility criteria, reporting and methodological quality).

Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and to participate in the various discussions.

EFSA will issue a short report collecting and summarising the discussions following the meeting.

The technical meeting that will take place on 9 June in Brussels is intended for all interested stakeholders with expertise in the area of stunning methodologies.

Participants will be selected to ensure a sufficient representation of the various fields of expertise, as well as representation of small and medium enterprises and geographical balance.


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