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The EU Feed Proposal

by 5m Editor
4 April 2008, at 12:13pm

EU - Last month the European Commission presented a proposal for a new framework regulation on the labeling and marketing of feed.

The draft regulation set out general rules for the labeling of feed and specific labeling requirements for feed materials, compound feed (including pet food) and dietetic feed. If adopted, one single regulation will replace several directives and implement feed marketing rules in a more uniform way.

The European Commission presented a proposal for a new framework regulation on the labeling and marketing of feed and pet food. Currently, feed marketing rules are scattered over several directives (according to the type of feed concerned) with cross references to many amending and implementing acts.

The draft regulation sets out general rules for the labeling of feed and specific labeling requirements for feed materials. Under the proposed rules, pre-market authorizations for bio-proteins will be replaced by a market surveillance system to tackle safety risks.

The current mandatory percentage declaration of raw materials in compound feed will be replaced by a requirement to indicate the materials in the exact descending order of weight. Only feed complying with the provisions laid down in the proposed regulation and with the provisions on feed additives laid down in Regulation will be allowed on the EU market.

The Commission will also establish and update a “negative list”, i.e.a list of materials that are prohibited in feed. The new rules will not only apply to on-pack labels but also to other means of communication (such as Internet) between the producer and the consumer. This proposal has to be adopted under the co-decision procedure and must be notified to the WTO under the TBT agreement.

Further Reading

More information - You can downlaod the proposal by clicking here.

5m Editor