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Immuno castration Up for Debate in European Parliament.

by 5m Editor
17 December 2007, at 10:53am

EUROPE - BPEX has learned that in answers to written questions, the Commission mentions the fact that'EU legislation does not foresee in any case specific restriction on the importation of pig meat on the basis that animals have been castrated whatever the means'.

In the same answer, the Commission states that the Committee for Veterinary Medicinal Products of the European Medicines Agency will assess the veterinary medicinal product for immuno-castration of piglets, for which Pfizer Animal Health has submitted an application for marketing authorisation.

The EU'a scientific Committee responsible for investigations says that will weigh the animal welfare benefits of the product against the potential risks to the animal, the user, the consumer and the environment.

Pork that is imported from says New Zealand or Australia could originate from piglets castrated by means of immuno-castration.

The question now is why is this import of this catagory of pork permitted without limitations, when the Commission is clearly concerned about the 'potential risks it posed to animal welfare, consumers and the environment.

Since the Commission is apparently convinced that this pork which may be from pigs that have been immuno-castrated, poses no risks, then why doesn't it simply allow the procedure to take place within the borders of the EU?

5m Editor