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Feeding Animals to Animals: EU May Lift Ban

by 5m Editor
8 May 2008, at 1:26pm

EU - It is believed that if the EU go ahead with contraversial plans to relax current safety measures on pig and poultry feeds, which outlaw animal proteins, then vast amounts of money could be saved by EU farmers.

The move comes 14 years after the practice was banned at the height of the BSE crisis, with the European Commission set to make a final decision on the ban in 2009, reports Farmers Guardian.

The farming magazine says that, under the plans, the ban on feeding animal remains to ruminants would remain in place, but would be lifted for pigs and poultry.

It would provide an alternative source of feed for many farmers who have been hit by rising input costs, and could slash the cost of animal feed.

The move is likely to cause concern in the industry, with farmers keen not to alienate consumers by going back to a practice which received wide public criticism at the height of the crisis.

European Commissioners are also concerned that should the ban be lifted, contamination could still lead to animal proteins finding their way into cattle feed.

EU scientists are currently completing research on the subject which will be presented to Commissioners at the end of the year before a final decision on the ban is made.

View the Farmers Guardian story by clicking here.

5m Editor