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Stricter requirements for feed fats producers

German feed mills have to fit more stringent requirements after the dioxin scandal, Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner (CSU) said when she presented a new draft regulation this week. German feed sector accuses her of political activism.

The regulation “Security and transparency” foresees a licensing obligation for companies and more stringent requirements regarding self-control.
 
Feed fats and oils and industrial or technical fats industry are no longer allowed to be processed in the same facility. This is to decrease that both types of fat are inadvertently mixed.
 
Such mixing occurred at Harles & Jentzsch in Uetersen (photo) and which is considered to be the cause of the dioxin scandal that hit Germany in January. Around 5,000 farms were blocked and meat and eggs were taken from the shelves in many supermarkets.
 
Next step from Aigner in getting a better grip on cases such as the previous one are a dioxin early-warning system and better consumer information.
 
Political activism
The German feed manufacturers, united in DVT, accuse the agriculture ministry of ‘political activism’. Most measures were “disproportionate and hardly feasible,” DVT President Helmut Wulf complained in Berlin.
 
"When processing the historical facts in future plans all links in the feed chain need to focus on control and risk assessment within the manufacturing process. Here is no room for political activism, but the real improvement of feed safety should be key.”
 
DVT thinks the proposals will lead to a “flood of individual data” which provide more bureaucracy, but less security. Besides that, an individual approach were worthless, because in the EU internal market it would distort competition.
 
 

 

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