The Agriculture and
Fisheries Council agreed that consumers need more information to make
purchasing decisions based on animal welfare.
Ministers made it
clear that any welfare information system would have to be simple and easy to
understand and to be in line with the rules of the WTO; it was highlighted the
need to avoid an increase of production costs as well as of the administrative
and control burden. The Polish delegation request to postpone the deadline for
the use of unenriched cages was rejected while it was confirmed to the Council
that the Commission is currently working on a TSE road map for the years
2010-2015 to be presented this spring and one of the key questions concerns the
age limit for BSE tests.