decision was taken to update the SAPA Code of practice. Alan Saunders has been appointed to manage this process, and a technical subcommittee has been established to discuss pertinent issues. The NSPCA will be invited to contribute to these discussions.
Some of the issues highlighted that need to be addressed are: • Cage density, drinker systems on cages, euthanasia of chickens, transportation of chickens, and the treatment of end of lay birds and cull outlets. Using gas as a method of euthanasia. Maceration of day old chicks as an acceptable method. The use of stunning boxes as an alternative to dislocation. Fowl Typhoid and the spread of the disease was raised as an area of concern. The meeting was informed that a study is being planned by DAFF for Gauteng. What was evident is that some producers are ignoring advice - end of lay birds sold as culls move everywhere, which is promoting a • • • problematic scenario. The Health and Welfare committee recommended that SAPA engage with DAFF in an effort to minimise the spread of the disease.
Food Compliance Committee
In December 2013, the DAFF gazetted aversion of the draft poultry regulations that were sent to the World Trade Organisation. Since then, a number of meetings have taken place. During the meeting a number of points were raised regarding SAPA’S draft version. These included: • The purpose is not to discuss brine percentages but to rather look at the regulation and make comments. The Minister has promised SAPA a technical session to debate the matter properly. SAPA will have a draft proposal on what the regulations should look like. On the brining test issue, producers will be asked to submit data for analysis. Current testing methodology and the validity is being • • • •