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Dutch Authorities Investigate Possible Fraud by Poultry Farmers

March 27, 2012

Dutch authorities are investigating possible fraud by poultry farmers who may have under-reported the size of chicken flocks, the Netherlands’ Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority reported.

Two locations in the southern Netherlands were searched today and company accounts were seized for further examination, the authority wrote in an online statement today. Records may have been tampered with to make it appear fewer chickens were supplied to poultry farmers, it said.

Dutch manure regulation mandates a maximum number of animals per farm, and poultry farmers who want to expand their flocks must buy additional animal-production rights, according to the authority. Keeping more animals than the authorized amount results in a “considerable” cost saving, it said.

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