The delegates of the member associations of the International Butchers' Confederation (IBC) met in Noordwijk aan Zee in the Netherlands for their spring conference.
Secretary General Martin Fuchs reported on the last committee meeting. The committee had defined the next steps to be carried out in the new charging scheme for routine inspections.
Kirsten Diessner, Managing Director of the Secretariat General, reported on the current state of affairs, lobbying and the success of the IBC with regard to current EU legislation, especially in connection with food labelling, official monitoring, animal by-products and the risks associated with bovine intestine. Table surveys were used as a method for the member associations to bring each other up-to-date on the latest national developments in the allergenic labelling of loose goods, on the national efforts to define "hand produced foods" and on the related scope for exempting pre-packaged hand-produced foods from the obligation to carry nutritional value declarations.
Labelling - quick and easy
Peter Härtling Hoogenboom, Director General of the Dutch KNS association, reported on the "PS voor Slagers" labelling project. This system allows butchers to enter the recipes of food products and generate complete labels including validated nutritional values. "PS voor Slagers" is officially recognised. The development costs of the PS system, which is specially tailored to butchers' needs, amounted to 50,000€. The companies pay an annual fee of 300€.
At the meeting, Vice President Prof. Dr. Reinhard Kainz announced that he would be stepping down from his position in the autumn after accepting a senior role in the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.
Source: afz – allgemeine fleischer zeitung 18/2014