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The Norwegian Food Safety Authority apologizes for allegations of increasing violence against pigs

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Of thomas | 16.05.2024 01:30:25

Rogaland/Etne: The Norwegian Food Safety Authority is now issuing an apology for parts of the content of several letters about increasing violence against pigs.

In the letters, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority writes that there has been an increase in violence against pigs and that the scale was large. – We have no basis to say that, writes the Norwegian Food Safety Authority in a press release this week.

Now the Norwegian Food Safety Authority clarifies that parts of the contents of the letters are wrong and that the background is a few but serious cases of violence that they have uncovered during slaughterhouse inspections, writes the local newspaper Neighbors.

In a letter sent at the beginning of May, a number of agricultural organizations were asked to raise increasing violence against pigs with their members.

– Parts of the content of the letters are incorrect. We deeply regret this, writes the Norwegian Food Safety Authority in the press release. This week the Norwegian Food Safety Authority had a dialogue meeting with the pig industry where they apologized for the mistakes towards the pig farmers.

In 2021 and 2022, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority carried out inspections in 583 Norwegian pig farms. 57 pig farmers in Rogaland received an urgent decision when the inspectors believed that more than 100 pigs were in a condition that required measures to prevent further suffering.

Now it turns out that many of the cases concerned a few farmers in Rogaland.

The inspection report from 2021-22 can be read here (PDF) Final report National inspection campaign on pig welfare 2021-2022_20230216)

The apology from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority can be read here

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