The European Union is one of the world's largest poultry meat producers and a net exporter of poultry products with annual production of around 13.4 million tons. 82% of the poultry meat production is broiler meat, followed by turkey (14%), duck (4%), and others (1%).
The export of EU poultry has been increasing steadily in the past four years. The export volume in 2019 has raised by 12.6% compared to 2016, reaching 2,674,000 tonnes.
EU sets strict regulations on the production of poultry meat to ensure quality meat is supplied to consumers all over the world. Comprehensive veterinary controls are a common thread in meat production across the EU. The responsible use of antibiotics is a core value of meat production in the EU both for human health and to reduce anti-microbial resistance. Antibiotics may only be used under strict veterinary supervision and as permitted by legislation.