FVO report – Poland – Poultry meat shortcomings identified

This report describes the outcome of a Food and Veterinary Office audit in Poland. The audit took place from 18 to 28 November 2014 to assess whether the organization of the competent authorities and the implementation of national provisions in respect of controls on poultry meat and products derived therefrom comply with EU requirements.

The report concludes that Poland has in place an organised official control system based on EU and national legislation, supported by a number of Central Competent Authority instructions and guidelines. In general, this control system is applied consistently over time and covers the entire poultry production chain.

However some shortcomings in the implementation of the official control system were noted with respect to:

• The insufficient supervision and control of the use of food additives and the labelling of mechanically separated meat;

• Shortcomings at establishment level detected by the FVO audit team but had not previously been noted during official controls;

• The actions taken by the Competent Authorities in cases of positive results after official Salmonella sampling, particularly in order to prevent recurrence of these situations;

• The application of National measures not in line with EU rules, in relation to the adaptation of the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 in low production establishments.

The report includes a number of recommendations addressed to the central competent authority, aimed at rectifying the shortcomings identified and enhancing the implementation of official control system in place.

(Source: DG Sante website)

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