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EU partially permits the use of animal meal in animal feed

The European ban on adding animal meal to animal feed is partly repealed. The European Commission has finally approved a proposal to allow processed animal proteins in animal feed under certain conditions.

Animal meal from poultry and insects may be used in pig feed and animal meal from pigs and insects is allowed in poultry feed. Ruminant gelatin and collagens may also be added to non-ruminant feed. For ruminants, the ban on animal meal in the feed remains in force, due to the risk of BSE. The total ban on meat-and-bone meal was introduced in 2001 during the BSE crisis, as this disease spread through feed.

The European Commission based its decision on scientific advice from the European Food and Safety Authority, EFSA. Earlier this year, both the European Parliament and the European Member States represented in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (Scopaff) already voted in favour of the proposal.

Milestone in making the food chain more sustainable

European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides sees the decision as a milestone in making the food chain more sustainable. She assumes that the decision will contribute to the further improvement of the animal feed chain. According to the European Commissioner, the decision fits in well with the Farm-to-Fork strategy, which focuses on sustainable and competitive European agriculture.

Europe has stricter rules for the use of animal meal than other countries. 40% of the animal meal was therefore exported to countries outside the EU, to be processed there in animal feed.

Mariska Vermaas

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