MEP Nadja Hirsch hosts information event on regional bio labels

On 16/04/2012, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

On 11 April 2012, MEP Nadja Hirsch, Vice-President of the Intergroup on Animal Welfare and Conversation hosted an information event on regional food products and animal breeding in Munich. Several facts formed the basis of discussion: In 2010, 591 million broilers were produced and killed in Germany. 96 percent of the broilers are treated with antibiotics. In the EU alone 25,000 people die each year of infections caused by resistant bacteria – and their number is growing.

“The event has shown that the issue of mass-farming and related treatment with antibiotics is of great concern”, Nadja Hirsch commented the discussion, which was attended by more than 40 guests. “Citizens are aware of this problem and ready to pay more money for healthy food products. Therefore, in order to increase transparency for consumers and respect their right to information, we call for the step-by-step introduction of regional bio labels, a strengthening of local food products and animal breeding as well as better animal protection and welfare.”

The event was organised by MEP Nadja Hirsch (ALDE), MP Daniel Volk (FDP) and the district division of the German liberal party FDP. Key speakers included Dr Karin Schwaiger, specialist veterinary surgeon for microbiology at the Technical University Munich, Inke Drossé, biologist at the German Tierschutzbund and Josef Schmid, chair of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für bäuerliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft (Syndicate of Traditional Agriculture).



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