The Royal Decree of 17 December 2012 modifies a number of rules applying to the aquaculture sector and gives the supervisory authority, the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC), more possibilities for imposing health measures and inspecting the transport of aquaculture animals. This Decree of the FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment was published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 25 January 2013.
The good news is that Bisphenol A has been banned from children’s drinking bottles, and safer crop protection products have been introduced for gardeners. But alas there are more cases of extreme animal neglect, and still too many bars and cafés are flouting the smoking ban. You can read about all these things - and many more besides - in the 2012 Activity Report of the Animal, Plant and Food Directorate-General.
On 6 February, the Animal Welfare Inspectorate of the FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment discovered 11 dead chickens and more than 20 dead birds at the home of a man in Grembergen. The animals all died as a result of neglect. Two ducks, which were still alive but in a much neglected condition, have been transferred to a reception centre.
Anyone who puts animals out to pasture needs to pay special attention to their health and welfare during a cold snap. The Animal Welfare Department of the FPS Health, Food Chain Safety provides the following short overview of dos and don’ts.
The Belgian Royal Meteorological Institute (KMI) is predicting freezing weather throughout the entire country over the coming days. Extra attention must always be given to animals that are kept out to pasture in such temperatures.
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