COUNCIL OF Brussels, 19 May 2006
THE EUROPEAN UNION
CODIF 9 AGRI 135 OC 290
LEGISLATIVE ACTS AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
COUNCIL REGULATION concerning the Community scale for the classification of carcases of adult bovine animals (codified version)
COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No ..../2006
concerning the Community scale for the classification of carcases of adult bovine animals
THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 37
Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,
Having regard to the Opinion of the European Parliament1,
(1) Council Regulation (EEC) No 1208/81 of 28 April 1981 determining the Community scale
for the classification of carcases of adult bovine animals1 has been substantially amended2.
In the interests of clarity and rationality the said Regulation should be codified.
(2) A Community grading scale for the classification of carcases of adult bovine animals
should be applied for recording prices and for intervention in the beef and veal sector.
(3) The classification of carcases of adult bovine animals should be made on the basis of
conformation and the degree of fat cover. The combination of these two criteria enables
carcases to be divided into classes. Carcases thus classified should be identified.
(4) In order to ensure the uniform application of this Regulation in the Community, provision
should be made for on-the-spot checks by a Community inspection committee,
This Regulation provides for a Community classification scale for the carcases of adult
For the purposes of this Regulation, the following definitions shall apply:
(a) "carcase": the whole body of a slaughtered animal as presented after bleeding, evisceration
and skinning, presented:
-without the head and without the feet; the head shall be separated from the carcase at
the atloido-occipital joint and the feet shall be severed at the carpametacarpal or
-without the organs contained in the thoracic and abdominal cavities with or without
the kidneys, the kidney fat and the pelvic fat,
-without the sexual organs and the attached muscles and without the udder or the
(b) "half-carcase": the product obtained by separating the carcase referred to in point (a)
For the purpose of establishing market prices, the carcase shall be presented without the removal of
external fat, the neck being cut in accordance with veterinary requirements:
-without kidneys, kidney fat, or pelvic fat,
-without thin skirt or thick skirt,
-without the tail,
-without the spinal cord,
-without cod fat,
-without fat on the inside of topside,
-without jugular vein and the adjacent fat.
However, Member States shall be authorised to accept different presentations when this reference
presentation is not used.
In such instances, the adjustments necessary to progress from those presentations to the reference
presentation shall be determined in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 43(2) of
1.Without prejudice to the intervention rules applying, the carcases of adult bovine animals
shall be divided into the following categories:
A. carcases of uncastrated young male animals of less than two years of age;
B. carcases of other uncastrated male animals;
C. carcases of castrated male animals;
D. carcases of female animals that have calved;
E carcases of other female animals.
Criteria shall be laid down for differentiating between categories of carcases in accordance
with the procedure referred to in Article 43(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1254/1999.
2.The carcases of adult bovine animals shall be classified by successive assessment of:
(a) conformation, as defined in Annex I;
3.The conformation class designated in Annex I by the letter S may be used by
Member States to take account, through the optional introduction of a conformation class
superior to the existing classes (double-muscled carcases), of the characteristics or
expected development of a particular form of production.
Member States which intend to make use of this possibility shall notify the Commission
and the other Member States accordingly.
4.Member States shall be authorised to subdivide each of the classes provided for in
Annexes I and II into a maximum of three sub-classes.
1.Carcases or half-carcases shall be classified as soon as possible after slaughter and such
classification shall be carried out in the slaughterhouse itself.
2.The classified carcases or half-carcases shall be identified.
3.Before identification by marking, Member States shall be authorised to have the
external fat removed from the carcases or half-carcases if this is justified by the fat cover.
The conditions in which removal of the external fat will be applied shall be determined
in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 43(2) of Regulation (EC)
1.On-the-spot inspections shall be carried out by a Community inspection committee
composed of experts from the Commission and experts appointed by the Member States.
This Committee shall report back to the Commission on the inspections carried out.
The Commission shall, if appropriate, take the measures necessary to ensure that the
classification is carried out in a uniform manner.
Those inspections shall be carried out on behalf of the Community, which shall bear the
2.The detailed rules for applying paragraph 1 shall be adopted in accordance with the
procedure referred to in Article 43(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1254/1999.
Additional provisions specifying the definition of the classes of conformation and fat cover shall be
adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 43(2) of Regulation (EC)
Regulation (EEC) No 1208/81 shall be repealed.
References to the repealed Regulation shall be construed as references to this Regulation and shall
be read in accordance with the correlation table given in Annex IV.
This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following its publication in the
Official Journal of the European Union.
This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.
Done at Brussels,
For the Council
Development of carcase profiles, in particular the essential parts (round, back, shoulder)
Conformation class Description
S All profiles extremely convex; exceptional muscle development (double-muscled carcase type)
E All profiles convex to super-convex; exceptional muscle development
U Profiles on the whole convex; very good muscle development
R Profiles on the whole straight; good muscle development
O Profiles straight to concave; average muscle development
P All profiles concave to very concave; poor muscle development
DEGREE OF FAT COVER
Amount of fat on the outside of the carcase and in the thoracic cavity
Class of fat cover Description
1 None up to low fat cover
2 Slight fat cover, flesh visible almost everywhere
3 Flesh, with the exception of the round and shoulder, almost everywhere covered with fat, slight deposits of fat in the thoracic cavity
4 Flesh covered with fat, but on the round and shoulder still partly visible, some distinctive fat deposits in the thoracic cavity
5 Entire carcase covered with fat; heavy fat deposits in the thoracic cavity
Repealed Regulation with its amendment
Council Regulation (EEC) No 1208/81 (OJ L 123, 7.5.1981, p. 3)
Regulation (EEC) No 1208/81 This Regulation
Article 1 Article 1
Article 2(1) Article 2
Article 2(2) Article 3
Article 3(1) Article 4(1)
Article 3(2), first subparagraph Article 4(2)
Article 3(2), second and third subparagraphs Article 4(3), first and second subparagraphs
Article 3(3) Article 4(4)
Article 4 Article 5
Article 5, first, second and third subparagraphs Article 6(1), first, second, and third subparagraphs
Article 5, fourth paragraph Article 6(2)
Article 6, first paragraph Article 7
Article 6, second, third and fourth subparagraphs --