On January 19, 2012, EFSA published their assessment report on the new Directive EU 1099/2009. This documents provides valuable background information on how this directive was established and how it has been influenced by the stake holders. It also demonstrates the future direction of the EU when it comes to safeguarding animal welfare within the near future.
This report describes the current slaughtering practices (methods) with the main focus on broilers, but also taking other poultry species, such as turkeys, ducks and spent hens into consideration. If avail- able, information on minor species, such as guinea fowl and quails, will also be provided.
The report describes the food chain information (FCI) and explains the significance of the FCI within the application of the hygiene package for poultry.