News 730 views last update:Jul 3, 2007

Canada to ban feeding all scraps to pigs

Feeding table scraps to pigs and poultry should be totally banned according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The ban would reduce the risk of meat being fed to livestock, and the risk of harmful bacteria or toxins ending up in the food supply, the agency said.

Canada banned the feeding of scraps containing meat in 2001 after an outbreak of the virulent foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom, but allowed "edible residual materials" in feed such as bread, vegetables, and pasteurized milk.

Leftovers from restaurants

Few Canadian farmers feed scraps to pigs and poultry, and major livestock groups frown upon the practice. The materials, such as leftovers from restaurants, were allowed under permits from the agency, but the agency said it plans to cancel all permits under the proposed regulation, which is open for public comment until July 16, the notice said.

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