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Animal welfare aspects of genetic selection in broilers and broiler breeders
Animal welfare aspects of genetic selection in broilers and broiler breeders


On 23 September, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientists held a meeting with stakeholders to exchange ‘views on the welfare implications linked to the genetic selection in broilers, and welfare aspects related to the management and housing of broiler breeders’.


The meeting was attended by stakeholders from the poultry industry, breeding companies, research groups, NGOs, as well as national and international institutions, and provided a possibility to discuss the challenges of data collection and to foster further cooperation with all interested parties.

EFSA also informed about the request from the European Commission to produce two scientific opinions: one on the ‘influence of genetic selection on the welfare and resistance to stress of commercial broilers’, and a second on the ‘welfare of broiler breeders’. This request will be answered by the EFSA Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) which, supported by two ad hoc Working Groups of experts, will draft the two opinions and publish them for open consultation in the beginning of 2010. For more information: EFSA website