European Union wants no Moroccan chicken

EU experts point out the shortcomings in the traceability and hygiene conditions of poultry in Morocco.

The European Union does not want ' Made in Morocco ' chicken. EU experts point out the shortcomings in the traceability and hygiene conditions of poultry in Morocco. They also indicate that the sector has weaknesses in the monitoring of avian influenza and , reports the daily newspaper L'Économiste today.

The newspaper recalled that the Kingdom has applied for the export of poultry meat products to the EU. And as each country that his wish to sell products on European territory, Morocco is then subjected to an EU audit to include the technical competence of the veterinary services of the competent authorities (ONSSA) and the effectiveness of their control systems.

After the EU-audit in september, said the EU experts that there "was not fully met the conditions for the sanitary certification of poultry farming companies for exporting products to the EU".

With respect to monitoring, control and eradication of avian influenza and Newcastle disease, the Auditors noted that the previous inspection in 2016 have discovered thousands of poultry that had one of these diseases, creating "doubt is about the effective capacity of these controls ". The experts believe that the monitoring system currently in place is m.b.t. to Newcastle disease, does not enable the competent authorities to identify and report possible outbreaks of infection.

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