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Bed and Breakfast – kitchen ban on dogs

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Farm B&Bs may be forced to close as EU bureaucrats ban owners’ pet dogs from kitchen
(Daily Mail, Thursday June 12, 2008)

EU ruling could send B&Bs to the dogs (Western Morning News (Plymouth),June 12, 2008)

Brussels orders dogs out of B&B kitchens (The Times,Thursday June 12, 2008)

Brussels and the ruling that’s just barking mad (Daily Express,Thursday June 12, 2008)

Dog ban means hundreds of B&Bs face closure (Telegraph,Thursday June 12, 2008)

The EU legislation on hygiene of foodstaffs does not specifically state that dogs should not be allowed into Bed and Breakfast kitchens. EU rules on food hygiene standards state that Adequate procedures are (also) to be in place to prevent domestic animals from having access to places where food is being prepared, handled or stored, (or where the competent authority so permits in special cases, to prevent such access from resulting in contamination. This allows for flexibility in implementation, which is decided on by the member states.
The British Food Standards Agency recommends that domestic pets should be kept out of B&B kitchens when preparing food, but also states that allowing domestic animals in kitchens in other times is reasonable as long as high standards of food hygiene can be maintained by thoroughly cleaning the areas before preparing food.
Thus recommendations do not ban dogs from kitchens at all times. Moreover, food hygiene concerns can hardly be called barking mad. As always, common sense is the best approach.

Corgis to be banned by EU

Tuesday, April 30th, 2002

Daily Mail, 30 April 2002, p 5
Certain breeds of the Queen’s favourite dog could be outlawed under a controversial EU convention being considered by ministers, it emerged last night. Some corgis – along with bulldogs, cocker spaniels and King Charles spaniels – could be among 100 breeds banned, animal lovers fear.

This so-called ‘EU convention’ has nothing whatsoever to do with the EU. A committee of animal protection experts drew up the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals in 1987 under the auspices of the Council of Europe – an intergovernmental organisation based in Strasbourg and completely separate from the EU. The UK is a member but has so far declined to become a signatory to this entirely voluntary agreement designed to improve the welfare of household pets.

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Please note that all statements in all entries were correct on the date of publication given. However, older archived posts are not systematically updated in the light of later developments, for example changes to EU law.

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