Identification and Registration of Bovine Animals Council Regulation (2000/1760)

Title: Identification and Registration of Bovine Animals Council Regulation

Category: EU Regulation

Date: 2000

Reference: EC 1760/2000 [Full text]

General Description:

The EC regulations establish a community wide 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

Identification and Registration

The regulations direct each Member State to establish a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals, in accordance with the Regulations and apply Community rules established for disease eradication or control. The system for the identification and registration of bovine animals shall comprise the following elements:

(a) ear tags to identify animals individually;
(b) computerised databases;
(c) animal passports;
(d) individual registers kept on each holding.

A computerised database holding national records must be established in each Member State.

Beef labelling

Following the instability in the market in beef and beef products caused by the BSE crisis, the improvement in the transparency of the conditions for the production and marketing of the products concerned, particularly as regards traceability, has exerted a positive influence on consumption of beef. In order to maintain and strengthen the confidence of consumers in beef and to avoid misleading them, these Regulations establish a framework in which appropriate information is made available to consumers by sufficient and clear labelling of the product.
Regulations states that a compulsory beef labelling system is to be introduced and obligatory in all Member States from 1 January 2000 onwards.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Livestock Movement, Cattle, Passports, Ear Tags

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