To guarantee the quality of fresh meat, both the European Union and Spain have drawn up wide-ranging legislation addressing all kinds of issues to ensure that animals are in a good condition before entering the food chain. This is why regulations are in place for issues relating to diseases and diet, both of which have raised concerns among consumers following several cases. Regulations also protect animals, to ensure that any suffering is prevented during their lifespan and at the time of slaughter. Labelling standards have also been established to trace the route taken by the animal at all times throughout the process, together with hygiene protocols for meat handling.
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Quality guarantees for fresh meat are not only ensured by veterinary treatments or from correct livestock diet, but also from correct handling following animal slaughter. This is regulated by wide-ranging European Union legislation that is either applied directly in Spain or put in place through national regulatory mechanisms.