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Animal protein feed restrictions to be eased

The European Commission (EC) has proposed allowing the use of animal meal to feed fish, chickens and pigs.

This practice is currently prohibited to prevent the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known "mad cow disease", reports FIS.

The commission approved a proposal to ease the restrictions in force because it believes that, thanks to the efforts to combat diseases of the group of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), there was a significant decrease in the number of animals affected.

"We're finally on the verge of eradicating the disease in the European Union (EU)," said EU Health Commissioner, John Dalli, adding that any change in the measures will not affect the aim of protecting citizens. From 2011, a certain "tolerance" level of processed animal proteins will be accepted in the feed used for animals other than ruminants. However, EU authorities want to maintain the ban on the use of animal protein for ruminating mammals.

Furthermore, the EC seeks to prevent 'cannibalism', that is, cattle that eats the remains of its kind. So far, only the use of fish protein is allowed, and only in some cases.

Moreover, the EC proposed to increase the age at which animals should be subjected to mandatory screening tests, as experts say that sick specimens are increasing.

It is expected that the Community initiative will be in force over the next 5 years until 2015.

Source: FIS

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    Josef Hlasny

    You wrote; The EC has proposed allowing the use of animal meal to feed fish, chickens and pigs... YES, very good. WHY? Because mad cow disease (BSE) can be a naturally occurring disease, so not an infectious disease, so beef is safe in the all world. WHY? Because, about the BSE/ vCJD diseases; this was never justified scientifically! It was pure, math-model-driven science fiction. But it was pushed very vigorously by the British science establishment, which has never confessed to its errors... WHY? Because, in 1996, a variant form of CJD (vCJD) was discovered in small clusters in Britain. It was immediately suspected that the outbreak of BSE could be connected to the clusters of vCJD in humans. Because of the 100%mortality rate of both diseases, the British government issued a “Mad Cow Warning.” People were cautioned not to eat beef that may come from diseased cattle, for fear the disease could be transmitted to humans via the meat products they consumed. See more about the; BSE/ vCJD mathematical- models, see recent large three comments in Telegraph.co.uk
    (<>). See also other relationships (why great progress about BSE eradicating within the... EU?), according to my web <> and recent presentation at 29th World Veterinary Congress in Vancouver; Neurodegenerative Diseases and Schizophrenia as a Hyper or Hypofunction of the NMDA Receptors (<>).

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