Food Law News - EU - 1996

9 July 1996: POULTRY MEAT - Amendment to Marketing Standards

DHSS(NI) Letter, 9 July 1996

EU Poultry Meat Marketing Standards

The letter provides limited information on a recent change to the detailed rules contained in Regulation 1538/91 (which introduces detailed rules for implementing Regulation 1906/90 on certain marketing standards for poultry).

Following French concerns that there were poor quality capons being marketed in France, the definition of "capon" has been amended. It previously stated:
"male fowl castrated surgically before having reached sexual maturity".
Following the adoption of Regulation 1000/96 (published on 5 June 1996), it now reads:
"male fowl castrated surgically before reaching sexual maturity and slaughtered at a minimum age of 140 days; after castration the capons must be fattened for at least 77 days".

Regulation 1000/96 also makes some related changes to the references to capons in Annex IV of 1538/91, which specifies the production criteria that must be met in order to make use of certain marketing terms (e.g. free range).

To go to current EU Food Law News page,
click here.
To go to main Food Law Index page, click here.