The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)’s Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) has launched an online public consultation on its draft scientific report on the practice of harvesting feathers from live geese for down production.

The consultation aims to gather the widest range of views to finalize the work and provide up-to-date and comprehensive scientific advice to European Union (EU) decision makers. The consultation follows a technical meeting with EU Member States and stakeholders held in May this year.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by Aug. 2, and an electronic template has been provided along with the draft report on the Authority’s website

The final report is due for publication by the end of 2010.