MEP's Decision on Animal Proteins Welcomed

by 5m Editor
7 July 2011, at 9:54am

SCOTLAND - The European Parliament's decision to support EU Commission proposals to relax the rules that permit the use of animal protein in animal feed has been welcomed by NFU Scotland.

German MEP, Dagmar Roth-Behrendt's report would permit pig and poultry protein to be used in animal feed while maintaining the ban on cattle and sheep protein in order to prevent another outbreak of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

NFU Scotland’s president, Nigel Miller said yesterday: "This decision has been in the pipeline for quite a while but it is yet another useful step in a fairly precautious but science-based journey to unwinding Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy regulations. The European Food Safety Authority were looking at validation systems so that products could be screened for genetic detail, meaning that the correct protein will end up in the correct animal feed supply chain.

"Freeing up the use of this natural protein is of vital importance given that the EU is only 40 per cent self-sufficient in protein animal feed and commodity prices remain very high. The proteins that can be used as a result of this decision provide the main high quality feed source worldwide.

"Today's development will lift confidence in the control measures which have seen BSE become a rare disease and, indeed absent in many parts of the EU."

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