15 October 2013
Study on various methods of stunning for poultry. Final report
Under Article 27(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1099/09, the Commission must report to the European Council and the Parliament on the various stunning methods for poultry no later than December 8, 2013. In 2004, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommended that water bath stunning of poultry be phased out on the basis that the live shackling of birds is detrimental to animal welfare and that birds are occasionally not stunned prior to slaughter using this method (EFSA, 2004). In order to meet the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1099/09 and to address the EFSA recommendation, DG SANCO launched a study on the various methods of stunning poultry. The contract was awarded to the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium under the leadership of Agra CEAS Consulting. The purpose of the work is to investigate the scale of the use of multiple-bird water bath stunners, the possible alternatives and their respective socio-economic and environmental impacts. Additionally, the study will examine if phasing out the use of water bath stunning as recommended by EFSA is a feasible options and, if so, under which terms.
Author/Organization: European Commission (DG SANCO)
Topics: poultry/chickens, slaughterhouse/abattoir, socio-economical aspects, stunning, welfare at slaughter