Sustaining animal health and food safety in European organic livestock farming

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dc.contributor.author Sundrum, Albert
dc.contributor.author Younie, David
dc.contributor.author Hovi, Malla
dc.contributor.author Padel, Susanne
dc.contributor.author Vaarst, Mette
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-08T14:01:26Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-08T14:01:26Z
dc.date.issued 2005-06
dc.identifier.citation Sundrum , A , Younie , D , Hovi , M , Padel , S & Vaarst , M 2005 , ' Sustaining animal health and food safety in European organic livestock farming ' Livestock Production Science , pp. 1-2 . , 10.1016/j.livprodsci.2004.11.033 en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 119669
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/3192
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3192
dc.description Vaarst, M., Padel, S., Hovi, M., Younie, D., Sundrum, A. (2005). Sustaining animal health and food safety in European organic livestock farming. Livestock Production Science, 94, (1-2), 61-69. Sponsorship: EU QRLT-2001-02541 en
dc.description.abstract In Europe, organic livestock production has experienced a rapid growth in the past decade, which has produced many challenges for the animal food production system. Whilst emphasising the importance of a systems approach to animal health and welfare protection, organic livestock production standards place considerable restrictions on the use of many animal health inputs that are routinely used in conventional production systems. Recommended practices in the European Organic Livestock Standards (EU Regulation 1804/1999), such as closed herds and flocks and improved health security on farms, also include extensive production systems (e.g., free range production) that expose livestock to increased disease challenge. Organic livestock production faces major challenges with regard to harmonisation and successful integration of organic animal husbandry into the whole organic production system. Major questions about food quality and safety exist. Significant diversity between farming systems between different countries in Europe, including candidate countries, should be taken into account in developing farming systems that all comply with common EU standards, but are in harmony with their geographic and cultural localities. A newly initiated EU network project ‘Sustaining Animal Health and Food Safety in Organic Farming’ (SAFO), with 26 partners in Europe, focuses on the integration of animal health and welfare issues with food safety aspects. This network and some of the key questions in focus in this network are presented in this paper. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Livestock Production Science en
dc.title Sustaining animal health and food safety in European organic livestock farming en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livprodsci.2004.11.033
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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