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Poultry production monitoring

In order to facilitate trade, there are marketing standards for poultrymeat. They are intended to make the market more transparent. They shall apply to certain categories of poultrymeat from chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and guinea fowl. Within the EU, this poultry meat may only be marketed which complies with these standards and has not undergone any treatment other than refrigeration.

Process flow

Inspectors from the competent body check the quality of the poultrymeat and compliance with the minimum conditions of poultry producers authorised to use information on the farming method (e.g. free-range farming, free-range farming, extensive barn husbandry). Checks are also carried out at all stages of trade on the correct labelling of poultrymeat (fresh, frozen, quick-frozen), poultry cuts, prepackaged poultry meat and non-prepackages. In the case of frozen or quick-frozen chickens, the water content shall also be tested, which must not exceed a certain technically unavoidable value.

Violations of the applicable legislation will be punishable by warnings or fines. Where appropriate, consideration shall also be given to withdrawing the registration of the holding for the production of poultry from special farming arrangements.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety.

Which documents are required?

Documents may be required. Please contact the competent authority.

What are the fees?

Fees may apply. Please contact the relevant authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)