France did import meat from sick cows from Poland

Almost three tonnes of meat from sick cattle illegally slaughtered in Poland was exported to ten countries, including France. An investigation was opened after the broadcast of a report by a Polish journalist who filmed with a hidden camera the scenes of a slaughterhouse where dying cows are slaughtered and then butchered for their meat.

Images that make you nauseous. In a Polish slaughterhouse, hidden camera videos show cows in agony, sick, who can no longer stand up and are dragged before being killed and then cut up for their meat. Filmed by journalist Patryk Szczepaniak who infiltrated a slaughterhouse in the Mazovia region, the footage prompted the authorities to open an investigation.

Verdict: “2.7 tonnes have been sold to EU member countries” (Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Romania, Sweden, France, Spain, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia), said the head of the Polish veterinary services, Pawel Niemczuk. “Distribution lists are established and the merchandise is withdrawn by the company that sent it,” he added, adding that the meat was quickly withdrawn from trade, and that some countries had already destroyed it. In addition, nearly 7 tonnes of meat from this slaughterhouse were distributed to around 20 points of sale in Poland, added Pawel Niemczuk.

The slaughterhouse concerned was closed and an investigation was opened on its owner. European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis has announced that a team of inspectors will visit the site next Monday.

The images at the origin of this alert were broadcast in an investigative program.

The videos show animals being smuggled, at night, without any veterinary control. The animals are then cut up and the pieces from these animals are mixed with the others. In the footage, slaughterhouse workers remove evidence of animal illnesses, such as pressure sores or tumors indicating the cows were in pain and lying on their sides for days. “The vets are supposed to be there before, during and after the killing, but after almost three weeks working at the slaughterhouse, I only saw the vet in the morning when he was tending to the administration and briefly examined the heads of the cows, “says Patryk Szczepaniak.” He was also not there when the sick cows were slaughtered overnight. On paper, everything is fine, but in reality it was a disaster, ”says the journalist.

After receiving certification, the meat is no longer inspected and will be distributed to consumers or contractors. “It is totally unacceptable to kill animals in this condition and put them in the food chain. You can’t tell what’s wrong with animals. You can guess it, but that’s all you can do without doing a full post-mortem exam, ”says Paul Roger, president of the Veterinary Association for Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. , who saw the videos.

For her part, the president of the vegan association, Brigitte Gothière, believes that these are dairy cows particularly hard-pressed “by repetitive farrowing and lactations”. “Euthanizing cows costs the breeder money while sold to the slaughterhouse, they continue to make money,” she said. According to her, 35% of cattle slaughtered in France are “reformed” dairy cows, “more profitable, become sterile, sick, infected, who can no longer stand up, who do not get up after giving birth”. However, according to the regulations, in France, an animal sick or injured for more than 48 hours and which cannot move by itself is untransportable and must be euthanized or slaughtered on the farm, recalls a note from the Ministry of Agriculture in July 2018. A veterinarian will then judge whether or not the animal is eligible for human consumption.

– Watch on Figaro Live

80% of the beef produced in Poland is exported

Conversely, the show reveals that the practice of slaughtering and putting sick cows on the market is common in Poland. They are sold cheaper to unscrupulous slaughterhouses. “This happens often and this slaughterhouse is not an isolated case,” says Ewa Zydowicz, member of CIWF, an NGO that promotes breeding practices that respect the welfare of farm animals, who participated in the show. “It is a very lucrative activity in Poland since a slaughterhouse earns 0.30 zloty (0.23 euro, Editor’s note) per kilogram of healthy meat, while in the case of a sick animal, the amount reaches 2 zlotis per kg. This means that a medium-sized slaughterhouse that sells only healthy meat can earn around 350,000 zlotys (per year), but if it “expands” its business to include meat from sick animals, this amount can even reach 2.5 million zlotys ”, explains Ewa Zydowicz. The latter adds that to sell sick animals, a site like SprzedamByka.pl, specializing in the sale of livestock and agricultural equipment, allows breeders to get in touch with slaughterhouses.

The phenomenon is all the more worrying as Poland is an exporting country. Almost 80% of the beef produced in the country is destined for export. In 2017, Poland exported more than 415 million kilos of beef, worth over $ 1.5 billion.

“I am not surprised that we encounter this kind of problem”, specifies Christophe Brusset, author of “And now we eat what?” (at Flammarion). “I bought a lot of products in the country and the quality standards are not high. I would never have bought meat there, ”adds this repentant of the food industry.

Related Posts

“It is possible to recapitalize” Air France affirms Djebbari

Comments Off on “It is possible to recapitalize” Air France affirms Djebbari

Online commerce: more than 180,000 transactions every hour in France

Comments Off on Online commerce: more than 180,000 transactions every hour in France

France’s first “zero waste” street settles in Paradise

Comments Off on France’s first “zero waste” street settles in Paradise

Bixente Lizarazu leaves RTL for Radio France

Comments Off on Bixente Lizarazu leaves RTL for Radio France

Tea, pistachios, meat… nearly one in four imported products is not up to standard

Comments Off on Tea, pistachios, meat… nearly one in four imported products is not up to standard

Faced with the increase in attacks, France is stepping up its cybersecurity strategy

Comments Off on Faced with the increase in attacks, France is stepping up its cybersecurity strategy

Île-de-France: how the price of public transport has evolved over ten years

Comments Off on Île-de-France: how the price of public transport has evolved over ten years

The questions that arise after the fraudulent Polish meat scandal

Comments Off on The questions that arise after the fraudulent Polish meat scandal

Neither meat nor fish: 500 personalities call the French to “Green Monday”

Comments Off on Neither meat nor fish: 500 personalities call the French to “Green Monday”

Waste sorting simplified for Ile-de-France residents, poor students in this area

Comments Off on Waste sorting simplified for Ile-de-France residents, poor students in this area

Hungary and Poland block EU budget and recovery plan

Comments Off on Hungary and Poland block EU budget and recovery plan

Online commerce: more than 180,000 transactions every hour in France

Comments Off on Online commerce: more than 180,000 transactions every hour in France

Create Account



Log In Your Account