Abattoirs – poultry

Fund-based financing of the Animal Welfare Initiative for animals for fattening ends with the new programme period. All abattoirs will now negotiate the necessary premiums for animal welfare-labelled meat bilaterally with their buyers. Click here to find out more about the new scheme.

Conditions of participation

All abattoirs processing broilers, turkeys and pigs may participate in the Animal Welfare Initiative. In the third programme period, pig farmers receive the animal welfare premium directly from abattoirs. All abattoirs will negotiate the necessary premiums for animal welfare-labelled meat bilaterally with their buyers. Poultry farmers will continue to receive the animal welfare premium from the clearing house. As a novel element, abattoirs will now pay into the fund.

Audits

Abattoirs are subject to annual audits to ensure that only goods sourced from animals from certified farms are awarded the Animal Welfare Initiative seal. Auditors check goods for both identity and correct labelling based on the catalogue of requirements for the meat sector. Click here for the catalogue of requirements for the meat sector. Further information on the AWI audit system can be found here.

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