Polish chief vet to speak to EU about abattoirs in Poland

Paweł Niemczuk, the Poland’s Chief Veterinarian will meet EU authorities to present data about cattle slaughter standards in Poland.

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The information would be a part of a monthly summit of the EU experts of Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed.

The supervision over the security of the food in Poland was audited by several institutions, as well as the European Commission. Mr Niemczuk is set to present an official statement following these inspections. His presentation will refer to the preliminary results of the audit, with a full report to be announced in the middle of the month.

Meeting standards

Meanwhile, Witold Choiński, the head of the Union Polish Meat, the union of meat producers, said that one of the purposes of the presentation will be a reassurance that Polish cattle breeding and meat production meet EU standards.

“Unfortunately, some countries are taking advantage of the situation that happened in Poland and duplicate untrue revelations about our food,” Mr Choiński said.

The audit in Poland was assigned last week by Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, after revealing by Polish private television TVN the practice of illegal cattle slaughter, conducted at a slaughterhouse in Ostrów Mazowiecka, some 85 km north-east of Warsaw.

The EU is set to audit Polish slaughterhouses again at the beginning of April.