July 30, 2008


Dutch retailers postpone pork sales from anaesthetised-castrated pigs

Dutch supermarkets have decided to postpone the date on which to start selling only pork from pigs that were anaesthetised before castration.


Dutch retailers have decided to move to date to March 1, 2009 from the original date of January 1, 2009. The original date was too early as the pig industry was not ready to begin anaesthetised castration on July 1, 2008.


The supermarkets will also pay extra eurocents to pork suppliers starting from September 1. The money would be used to purchase CO2 anesthetic equipment. It is hoped that EUR 3.7 million (US$5.77 million) could be collected as soon as possible.

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