EU agrees on traceability rules
At the Standing Committee for the Food Chain and Animal
Health, Member States endorsed a proposal by the Commission which aims to
improve the traceability of animal by-products through identification and
According to the proposal, the Animal By-Products
Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 should be amended so that colour-coded packaging or
vehicles are used for any animal by-products being moved from one Member State
Pre-set colours to be used, depending on the type of
animal by-products being transported:
â€¢ Black for Category 1 material
such as carcasses from which specified risk material has not been removed
Yellow for Category 2 material such as fallen stock
â€¢ Green for Category 3
material such as meat fit for human consumption but removed from the food chain
for commercial reasons.
Member States will be allowed to introduce
complementary colour-coding systems for animal by-products transported only at
national level. The rules for the commercial documentation that must accompany
any animal by-products being transported within the EU will also be altered
slightly to further enhance traceability.
Additionally, the decision
will make it compulsory to mark meat-and-bone meal and animal fat from rendering
plants which process Category 1 and 2 animal by-products. The marking substance
glyceroltriheptanoate must be used to do this.
Member States can
introduce additional national marking requirements for other animal by-products
which will remain within their territories. The Commission will now formally
adopt this decision, and it will enter into effect on 1 July 2008.
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