"We cannot guarantee safety of Dutch meat"
We cannot guarantee safety of Dutch meat, says Dutch food watchdog.20 February 2008
AMSTERDAM - Dutch meat unfit for human consumption may enter the consumer's market every day, Dutch food watchdog VWA says.
The information, released in a Dutch consumer television programme on Tuesday, originates from a letter by the VWA written in October 2007 which the Dutch Animal Rights Party gave to the consumer programme.
The VWA says it does not have the financial means or the staff to enforce the laws that should prevent meat unfit for human consumption from entering the market.
According to the law, sick animals must be slaughtered on farms and their meat transferred to a meat destruction company, to ensure it does not end up in the supermarket.
But in its letter of October 2007, the VWA says it will have to reduce its inspections of the procedure for the killing and destruction of sick animals to an absolute minimum in 2008.
The food watchdog also says it cannot supervise which additives are being used in meat. On top of that, 25 percent of the registered companies are not inspected once a year - the legal minimum.
[Copyright dpa 2008]
Subject: Dutch news