Experts seek to green the EU killing business

Guidance on best available technology for slaughterhouses, animal by-products industries nears completion

Guidance on best available technology (BAT) for environmental protection in Europe's slaughterhouses and animal by-products industries has been proposed by the EU's integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) bureau, based in Seville.

The BAT reference document (or bref) seeks to balance environmental concerns with food safety requirements - revolutionised following Europe's experience with the cattle disease BSE and with foot and mouth disease. It also advocates upstream integration - creating what the bureau calls a "chain of environmental responsibility".

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