What is considered beef in the European Commission?
Motivated by the demand of some countries, the European Commission wants to clarify that it is considered "veal", to clarify the marketing conditions of beef from animals slaughtered before 12 months of age, which are marketed under the name of "veal". At this time in Europe, according to the Commission, there are two variables for the consideration of calf: the slaughter age of the animal and the feeding to which it has been subjected. In the first case, if the animal's death occurs before 8 months of age, it is called "suckling calf" or "white", in which the animals are only fed milk and dairy products.
In Spain, production was stopped 15 years ago, considering that the animals are fed in an unbalanced way, as Luis Vázquez, technical director of the D.O. Galician beef. In Galicia, apart from mother's milk, they feed on forage and cereal and legume concentrates, for a better balance, and this is what is known as "supreme" quality of Galician beef.
The other case for the European Commission is when the sacrifice occurs between 10 and 12 months, and the animals are fed mainly with cereals and forage, that is the proposal and what they would consider "veal". Galicia, flag in the knowledge of this animal with its D.O. distinguishes the following types: "veal", an animal that is intended for slaughter up to a maximum age of 10 months, distinguishing, on the one hand, animals that accompany their mother and that are not weaned until slaughter, complementing their feeding with grass and supplemented with natural products; and on the other hand, animals weaned at different ages, after a minimum period of 2 months of breastfeeding and fed with natural products.
"Añojo", would be the animal that is destined for sacrifice with ages between 10 and 18 months, and that was fed with natural products. "Cebón" is the animal that is destined for slaughter with an age between 18 and 30 and six months, also fed with natural products.
What is considered supplementary feeding is based on natural products such as corn, potatoes, turnips, fresh or dried fodder, etc., and authorized concentrated foods. Products that may interfere with the normal growth rate are strictly prohibited.
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