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Alternatives to Surgical Castration of Pigs

by 5m Editor
14 July 2011, at 11:17am

EU - Eurogroup welcomes the news that during the last meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH), Member States unanimously voted in favour of the financing decision on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs.

In practice, it means that three actions approved in the "Brussels Declaration" will be launched before the end of this year:

  • Research, with the Joint Research Centre Institute to develop reference methods for the measurement of the compounds responsible for boar taint.

  • Study on consumers’ acceptance of products from male pigs (EU and third countries).

  • Creation of a dedicated website providing information and training for actors of the whole pork chain on actions of the European partnership on pig castration.

In 2012, the following initiatives will be launched: detection of boar taint in slaughter lines, reduction of boar taint compounds by breeding techniques, feeding techniques and management and an economic analysis.

This vote was an essential step to launch effectively the European partnership on alternatives to surgical castration of piglets, included in the "Brussels declaration".

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