Traditional small-scale goose production will be able to continue unfettered by red tape under new European poultry regulations, according to the Food Standards Agency.
The regulations taking effect from January 2006 will exempt most producers of dry plucked fresh geese from more onerous provisions facing larger poultry producers, according to Adrian Daly, head of white meat at the Food Standards Agency.
Daly, who was addressing the British Goose Producers’ Association annual meeting, said the new lighter touch approach would enable producers currently benefiting from the
under 10,000 exemption - which applies to those producing fewer than 10,000 poultry birds a year - to remain outside the new provisions.
Under the rules, producers will be able to sell direct to consumers, through local stores and national retail outlets, during the key traditional periods before Christmas, Easter and Michaelmas.