More than 400 fines for slaughterhouses that violate rules


NOS NewsMonday, 18:49

Last year, the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) imposed more than 400 fines on slaughterhouses that did not comply with the regulations. In addition, more than 500 warnings have been issued, according to the slaughterhouse monitor for last year.

The sixteen major poultry slaughterhouses were fined 266. Red meat slaughterhouses, where pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and horses are slaughtered, received 161. The fines are imposed after a major violation or if there is no improvement after a warning. Amounts vary from 500 to 5000 euros.

In total, the NVWA carried out almost 90,000 inspections last year. During these checks, it is examined, among other things, whether hygienic work is being done, whether the animals have diseases and whether they are treated properly.

A year earlier there were about 66,000 inspections. Then 417 fines and 577 written warnings were issued. Most violations were committed in the area of ​​hygienic work.

A spokesperson for the NVWA cannot say whether the situation in the slaughterhouses has improved on the basis of the new figures. In general, any violation is “one too many, of course, especially when it comes to animal welfare,” he says.

animal welfare

The large red meat slaughterhouses are under permanent supervision of the NVWA. Together they account for 90 percent of all slaughter in the Netherlands. Veterinarians there constantly monitor animal welfare, according to the NVWA. The poultry slaughterhouses are also under permanent supervision.

According to the NVWA spokesperson, the fact that the number of sanctions is higher at poultry slaughterhouses probably has to do with the number of animals that are slaughtered. That number is many times higher than at the other slaughterhouses.

African swine fever

Trailers used to transport livestock have been closely monitored by the inspectorate since the beginning of last year. They must be thoroughly cleaned after each transport to ensure that diseases such as bird flu and African swine fever do not spread.

The inspection found that red meat slaughterhouses used disinfectants that were not powerful enough. As a result, the total number of violations has risen sharply. Last year 20 warnings and 16 fines were issued for it. That is a lot higher than in 2020, when 1 warning was given.