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No tolerance for illegal cattle slaughtering in Poland, says minister

Staff Writer | February 2, 2019
There will be no tolerance for people involved in the illegal cattle slaughtering, Polish Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Krzysztof Ardanowski said.
Krzysztof Ardanowski
Europe   Minister Krzysztof Ardanowski
"Unfortunately, this issue will affect the image of Polish food products in the world. I am realistic and have no doubt about that," the minister told reporters at a ceremony in Odolion, center Poland, indicating the incident of suspect beef.

Polish TV channel TVN24 exposed in a report that severely-sick cows were slaughtered and put for sale from local slaughterhouse. Some 2,700 kilograms of suspect beef went to more than ten European Union countries including France, Spain and Sweden.

Ardanowski added that police procedures are being carried out in order to eliminate this kind of incidents from the market. "No one could expect tolerance in this case," he stressed.

The minister said that in compliance with the European Commission, Poland plans to introduce legislation changes, in order to fix the situation systematically.

"There is no 24-hour presence of veterinarians in slaughterhouses, so 24-hour monitoring is necessary," he explained, adding that this is logic and will be implemented soon.