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The Workshop of the Dialrel project (FP6-2005-FOOD-4-C), Religious slaughter, improving knowledge and expertise through dialogue and debate on issues of welfare, legislation and socio-economic aspects, was held in

Istanbul, Turkey on 15th-16th March 2010.

Taxim Hill Hotel

Programme of the workshop

[press release]




List of participants

Programme March 15th

10.00 Coffee and Welcome

10.30 – 11.00 Mara Miele (Cardiff University, UK) Project overview and areas of concern, [presentation]

11.00 – 13.00 1st Session : Religious rules, legislation, Animal welfare and Socio-economic issues . Chairperson James Kirkwood (HSA, United Kingdom)


  • Haluk Anil (Cardiff University, UK)
    Halal rules and requirements [presentation], [report],[poster].
  • Ari Zivotofsky (Bar Ilan University, Israel)
    Rules and regulation for shechita [presentation], [report],[poster].



13.00 – 14.00 Lunch and poster viewing

14.00 – 16.30 2nd Session :Dialrel presentations: Consumers concerns, market development and current slaughtering practices. Chairperson Bo Algers (SLU, Sweden)

  • Florence Bergeaud-Blackler, (IREMAM, Université de la Méditerranée, France)
    Halal and Kosher consumer and consumption issues [presentation], [report],[poster1],[poster2] .
  • John Lever, (Cardiff University, UK)
    Halal and Kosher supply chain development [presentation], [poster].


  • Antonio Velarde, (IRTA, Spain)
    Survey and spot visits of slaughterhouses in Europe [presentation], [report],[poster1], [poster2].
  • Haluk Anil (Cardiff University, UK)
    Consideration of handling and slaughter methods in Turkey [presentation], [report],[poster].


16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break and Poster session


Programme March 16th

09.00 Welcome Mara Miele

09.05 Third session: National experiences of dialogue and recommendations .Chairperson Claudia Terlouw (INRA, France)

  • Beniamino Cenci Goga, (Perugia University, Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria)
    Information on Italian perspective and consumers [presentation].
  • Karen von Holleben (BSI Schwarzenbek, Germany), Antonio Velarde (IRTA, Spain) and Haluk Anil (Cardiff University, UK), Evaluation of current practices and presentation of recommendations for improvements to permissible methods, [presentation], [report],[poster].


10.40 Coffee break

11.00 – 13.00 Feedback on recommendations: DG-SANCO, OIE, and AB members

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch


Chairperson James Kirkwood (HSA, United Kingdom)

14.00 – 14.30 General discussion

14.30 – 15.00 Andrea Gavinelli (DG-SANCO) Conclusions

15.00 Coffee and Close