Presentation on theme: "European Commission Health & Consumers Directorate General"— Presentation transcript:
1European Commission Health & Consumers Directorate General The European approach – research and funding for future stepsAndrea GAVINELLIDirectorate Veterinary and International AffairsAnimal Welfare UnitThe views expressed may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission
2European Partnership on Pig Castration The Commission facilitated the elaboration of the European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigsThe Declaration was signed in December 2010 by main organisations of the pig sectorThe declaration is an open invitation for every actor in the European pig sector and European retailers to join this voluntary initiative
3European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs European Representatives of the pig sector commit to voluntarily stop surgical castration by 1 January 2018 provided certain tools are available such as harmonised methods at European Level to detect Boar Taint.From 1 January 2012 surgical castration of pigs will be performed with prolonged analgesia and/or anesthesia.The Declaration establishes a European Partnership on Pig Castration.
4European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs voluntary agreement to phase out surgical castration of pigs in Europe by 1 January 2018COPA-COGECAEurogroup for AnimalsUECBV (The European Livestock and Meat Trading Union)CLITRAVI (Liaison Center for the Meat Processing Industry in the European Union)FESASS (The European Federation for Animal Health and Sanitary Security)EAAP (European Federation for Animal Science)EFFAB (European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders)FVEDanish Agriculture and Food CouncilDBV (German farmer association)VDF (German meat industry association)HDE (German retail association)Scientific experts from INRACOV (Dutch red meat slaughterhouses)LTO Nederland (Dutch pig farmers organisation)NVV (Dutch pig farmers organisation)NBHV (Dutch livestock traders organisation)ANAS (Associazione Nazionale Allevatori Suini) – ItalyDMRI (Danish Meat Research Institute)OIVO - CRIOC (Centre de Recherche et d'Information des Organisations de Consommateurs)FEFAC (European Feed Manufacturers' Federation)CIWF (Compassion in World Farming)The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Republic of IrelandFinnish Farm Animal Welfare CouncilGalician Meat Technology Centre – SpainDutch Society for the Protection of AnimalsPROVIEH VgtM e.V. – GermanySCIENTIFIC EXPERT from IFIP - “Institut du porc en France"
5European Partnership on pig castration Financial support from the EU to develop the tools to achieve this objectiveCOMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION of 19 August 2011 adopting a work programme for the financing of the activities of the Union on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs (2011/C 243/06)Total amount: EURSix actions in 2011/2012
6Six actions of the financing decision development of reference methods recognised by the European Union for the detection and measurement of the main compounds responsible for boar taintopen call for tender for a study on consumer acceptance in the European Union and in third countries of pig meat obtained from male pigs not surgically castrated, its publication and the dissemination of related informationopen call for tender for a study on rapid detection methods for boar taint used or being developed at slaughter plants in the European Unionopen call for tender for a study on how to achieve reduction of boar taint compounds by breeding, feeding and management techniquesa study and economic analysis of the costs and benefits of ending surgical castration of pigs paying special attention to the share of costs within the whole pig meat chaindevelop, host and maintain a dedicated website to the actions of the European Union on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs
7Work ProgrammeDevelopment of reference methods recognised by the European Union for the detection and the measurement of the main compounds responsible for boar taintEURadministrative agreement with the Joint Research Center, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (JRC-IRMM), in GeelSignature before the end of 2011Duration: 2 year
8Work ProgrammeStudy on consumer acceptance in the European Union and in third countries of pig meat obtained from male pigs not surgically castratedEURopen call for tenderIndicative date for publishing: March 2012duration: 24 months
9Work ProgrammeStudy on rapid detection methods for boar taint used or being developed at slaughter plants in the European UnionEURopen call for tenderIndicative date for publishing: April 2012duration: 18 months
10Work ProgrammeStudy on how to achieve reduction of boar taint compounds by breeding, feeding and management techniquesEURopen call for tenderIndicative date for publishing: April 2012duration: 24 months
11Work ProgrammeStudy and economic analysis of the costs and benefits of ending surgical castration of pigsEURuse of existing framework contractIndicative date launching the procedure : June 2012duration: 18 months
12Work ProgrammeDeveloping, hosting and maintaining a dedicated website providing education and training to the main interested parties of the pig sector on the actions of the European Union on alternatives to surgical castration of pigsEURuse of existing framework contractlaunching the procedure : January/February 2012
14Indicative Timelinereduction of boar taint compounds by breeding, feedingdevelopment of reference methodsstudy on consumer acceptancerapid detection methods for boar taintstudy and economic analysiswebsite20112012201420152018
15Something “new” is coming... Future strategy on animal welfareNeed to reinforce existing toolsEnforcement (e.g. common methodology to address animal welfare risks)ResearchInternational cooperationCommunication and education15
16Future workshopOn pig castration planned for September 201216