Organic Rules and Certification

Slaughter, minimum age, poultry - CH Bio Suisse Standards 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2005) Slaughter, minimum age, poultry - CH Bio Suisse Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Minimal age for broilers at the day of slaughter is 63 days.

Difference

EU Regulation is more detailled than BIO SUISSE. BIO SUISSE sets limits only for broilers, whereas the EU Regulation 2092/91 adds limits for all kinds of fowl. Furthermore BIO SUISSE accepts an age of 63 days for broilers, whereas the EU Regulation requires 81 days for chicken as minimal age at slaughter.

Justification

Among fowl, only broilers are kept on an an economic scale in Switzerland. Consequently BIO SUISSE has no regulation for other fowl. For broilers the minimum age for slaughter is 63 days due to the lack of market demand for heavier animals. Too quick growth infringes the healthy development of the sceleton and the behaviour of fowl. A sound growth of animals is an ethological requirement in organic farming.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Animal husbandry, management, transport, identification of livestock products/slaughter - Annex I B6

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Animal husbandry > Slaughter
Specific animal standards > Poultry
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > BIO SUISSE
Principles:Principle of fairness
ID Code:66
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:31 Oct 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:18

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