Supervision of slaughterhouses in the north of the Netherlands falls short. Medical examiners of the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) do not intervene if things go wrong and nothing is done with reports of abuses, according to research commissioned by Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture.
NVWA employees who systematically make a mistake must fear dismissal, the minister writes in a letter to the Lower House on Thursday.
In addition, she is considering considering entrusting both the inspection and supervision to the NVWA, but to divide those tasks between two different services. She also looks at whether additional veterinarians are needed.
The investigation was launched after reports of the slaughter of sick cattle in small and medium-sized slaughterhouses in the Northern Netherlands. NVWA medical doctors admitted seriously ill and crippled cattle, whistleblowers warned.
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