This page gives an overview of the legislation on slaughterhouses

European legislation regarding slaughterhouses

Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 July 2000 establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97

Commission Regulation (EC) No 2074/2005 of 5 December 2005 laying down implementing measures for certain products as regards as the Food Chain Information document

Commission Regulation (EC) No 566/2008 of 18 June 2008 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 as regards the marketing of the meat of bovine animals aged 12 months or less

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 931/2011 of 19 September 2011 on the traceability requirements set by Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council for food of animal origin

Commission Regulation (EU) No 101/2013 of 4 February 2013 concerning the use of lactic acid to reduce microbiological surface contamination on bovine carcasses

Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1474 of 27 August 2015 concerning the use of recycled hot water to remove microbiological surface contamination from carcasses

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Belgian legislation on slaughterhouses

Law of 5 September 1952 concerning meat inspection and meat trade

Royal Decree of 9 March 1953 concerning the trade of slaughtered meat and regulating the inspection of slaughtered animals in this country

Law of 15 April 1965 concerning fish, poultry, rabbits and game inspection and trade and amending the law of 5 September 1952 related to meat inspection and trade

Royal Decree of 30 December 1992 concerning the transport of fresh meat, meat products and meat preparations

Royal Decree of 4 July 1996 concerning the general and specific operating conditions of the slaughterhouses and other institutions

Royal Decree of 9 June 1999 concerning the labelling of beef meat and beef products

Ministerial Decree of 20 September 2010 concerning the model and the content of information related to the food chain

Ministerial Decree of 28 September 2010 concerning the computerised registration in slaughterhouses

Royal Decree of 30 November 2015 concerning the hygiene of foodstuffs of animal origin

Royal Decree of 20 May 2022 on the identification and registration of certain ungulates, poultry, rabbits and birds

Last updated: 02/12/2022