The animal feed supervision bill of Israel’s Agriculture Ministry, which aims to see tighter controls placed on animal feed and its related supply chain, passed its first Knesset (parliament) reading last week.
The new legislation, promoted by Agriculture Minister Orit Noked, will allow random testing of animal feed and the potential recall of feed or raw materials found to be harmful to animals or humans.
The bill also affords stricter state supervision of imports, the production process, the supply chain and the marketing and distribution of animal feed.
A ministry statement said that the bill coincides with its "farm to fork" policy, also practiced in other advanced western nations, which aims to place the strictest possible supervision on food safety, especially when it comes to animal products.
The legislation is part of the Knesset's move to replace outdated laws – some inducted in the 1960s and 1970s, or even as subsections of the Emergency Regulations – with updated legislation.
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