EFSA’s Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) has launched an open consultation on the draft scientific opinion on monitoring procedures at slaughterhouses. Upon request from the European Commission, this draft document proposes indicators (the so called “toolbox” of indicators) and sampling protocols for developing monitoring procedures at slaughterhouses for bovines stunned by captive bolt or slaughtered without stunning. Additional Scientific Opinions on monitoring procedures for pigs, sheep and goats, chickens and turkeys for specific stunning/killing methods, as requested by the Commission, are also being developed. In order to consult stakeholders on the toolbox for the other species and methods, the relative indicators are annexed to the draft opinion prepared for bovines.
In line with EFSA’s policy on openness and transparency, EFSA seeks comments from the scientific community and stakeholders on the draft document developed by the Animal Health and Welfare Panel of EFSA.
Comments regarding the toolbox of indicators, the sampling protocols, the risk factors and scenarios for the monitoring procedures defined in the draft opinion for bovines are welcome, as well as comments on the indicators presented in the Annexes for the other species.
Please note that comments related to animal species and/or stunning methods not covered by the Terms of Reference of the draft opinion as submitted by the European Commission will not be taken into consideration.
Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 5 September 2013. Please use exclusively the electronic template provided with the documents to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. Please note that comments submitted by e-mail or by post cannot be taken into account and that a response will not be considered if it is:
- submitted after the deadline set out in the call
- presented in any form other than what is provided for in the instructions and template
- not related to the contents of the document
- contains complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material
- is related to policy or risk management aspects, which is out of the scope of EFSA's activity.
EFSA will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the relevant EFSA Panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.
Relevant comments received will be published. Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously. Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation.