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UK pig industry forms
expert crisis, issues panel
All sectors of the British pig industry
have linked up together with responsible animal welfare bodies and farm
assurance organizations to form a
multi-industry expert group focusing on
the issues of emerging diseases, food
safety, health and animal welfare, according to a spokesman for the British
Pig Executive, which hosted the group's
inaugural meeting on January 12.
"We now have a panel of experts,
including processors, large-scale producers and professional crisis management officials, in place to respond
to the threat of emerging diseases,
food scares, health issues and animal
welfare challenges with honest and
factual answers and action," said the
spokesman.

Pig producers say EU must
learn from laying hen
legislation

National Farmers Union Scotland has met EU
Commission animal welfare staff asking that
lessons be learned from the challenges that
surrounded recent laying hen legislation ahead
of the deadline for implementation of similar
welfare-driven rules on sow stalls at the end
of 2012.
When the deadline on meeting EU specifications on laying hen cages came into force on
December 31, 2011, a significant proportion of
European egg units - accounting for 14 percent of EU egg production - was in breach of
the rules, despite having 12 years to prepare.
By comparison, in Scotland, only one farm,
accounting for less than 0.2 percent of the laying flock, has yet to meet the deadline.
NFU Scotland and the National Pig
Association have been seeking reassurances
from the Commission on improved compliance and stricter enforcement when the sow
stall ban is introduced across Europe at the
end of 2012. "Compliance in the UK with

the forthcoming sow stall legislation is not
an issue as a ban on the use of sow stalls was
unilaterally introduced in here January 1999,"
said NFU Scotland's Pigs Working Group
Chairman Philip Sleigh. "However, it is in the
interests of every single UK pig producer that
Europe works harder on bringing the ban into
place across the whole of Europe as intended
and that the mistakes made in introducing the
laying cage ban, where compliant producers
risk being disadvantaged, are not repeated."
According to the Commission, cross-border
movement of pigs between Member States for
processing will make tracing illegally produced
pig meat difficult. NFU Scotland said it would
like to see a commitment to ensuring that
systems are introduced to make sure identifications can be made. "Scottish and UK producers
deserve no less," said Sleigh. "Since sow stalls
were banned here in 1999, pig producers have
endured significant competitive disadvantages
with many retailers and food manufacturers
choosing to import pork produced to lower
welfare standards. It is a sad fact that since the
sow stall ban came into force, the Scottish pig

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