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UK: Defra withdraws stun legislation at eleventh hour

Defra’s decision to halt implementation of new EU regs on stunning have been welcomed by British poultry producers.

Defra’s decision to halt implementation of new EU regs on stunning have been welcomed by British poultry producers. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has suspended the application of an EU legislation which mandated higher currents (amperage) for poultry stunning in abattoirs in the UK, one day prior to its implementation, as a result of the judicial review that was launched by more than 20 slaughterhouse owners. In a dramatic turn of events, the decision to implement the regulation was revoked today after it was initially confirmed to come in force on Friday the 16th of May.…

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