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·         Countries cutting Polish beef imports after meat scare: lobby

·         EU inspectors arrive in Poland to probe shocking beef scandal

·         Poland detects mad cow disease on farm: OIE



Countries cutting Polish beef imports after meat scare: lobby


Reporting by Anna Koper; Writing by Marcin Goclowski; Editing by Andrew Heavens, Reuters 

Feb 4, 2019


WARSAW (Reuters) - Several countries have started to cut the amount of beef they import from Poland after a TV documentary showed an abattoir killing sick cows, the head of the meat producers lobby said on Monday.


An undercover reporter got a job in a slaughterhouse outside Warsaw and broadcast footage last month of ill animals being mistreated, killed and sent on for human consumption.


A team of inspectors from the European Commission arrived in Warsaw on Monday to investigate the reports, Poland’s chief veterinarian told a news conference.


No countries had canceled meat imports from Poland, the head of the Polish Meat Association, Witold Choinski, told reporters. “But many countries are limiting their imports,” he added.


He did not name any countries or give details on the size of the cuts.


Poland produces about 560,000 tonnes of beef a year, 85 percent of it for export.


Poland’s Agriculture Minister, Jan Ardanowski, said on Monday that one case had been “exaggerated to an unimaginable size”...





EU inspectors arrive in Poland to probe shocking beef scandal



via ARY News (Pakistan) - Feb 5, 2019


EU experts arrived in Poland on Monday to probe a suspect beef scare that saw a Polish slaughterhouse allegedly evade controls to butcher lame cows and export the meat to other European Union members.


“The audit is being carried out here at the Chief Veterinary Inspectorate. In the coming days it will be continued on the ground” and will conclude on Friday, Poland’s chief veterinarian Pawel Niemczuk told reporters.


European Commission spokeswoman Anca Paduraru confirmed that the team had arrived in Poland, telling reporters that “the report will be ready in about a month.”


The beef scandal erupted late last month after the TVN24 commercial news channel aired footage of apparently sick or lame cows being butchered at a small slaughterhouse in northeast Poland.


The TV report said dealers bought lame or sick cattle at much lower prices than healthy animals.


A journalist working undercover at the abattoir used a hidden camera to film the secret late-night slaughter when veterinary authorities were unlikely to visit.


Poland immediately shut down the abattoir in Kalinowo, a village some 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Warsaw.


Niemczuk said that an appraisal of the meat revealed that it does not pose a health risk.


He added that Poland had learnt the meat had been exported to two other countries – Greece and Slovenia – in addition to those already known.





Poland detects mad cow disease on farm: OIE


Reporting by Gus Trompiz, editing by Sybille de La Hamaide, Reuters

February 4, 2019


PARIS (Reuters) - Poland has reported a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) among cattle on a farm near the Czech border, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday.


The case of BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease, was found in the southwestern town of Mirsk, the OIE said, citing information from the Polish agriculture ministry.


The infected animal was slaughtered, it also said.


Atypical BSE can occur spontaneously in all cattle populations at a very low rate and the outbreak does not have any influence on the official BSE risk status...