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Simplification of EU feed labelling needed

FEFAC sees the European Parliament (EP) report on compound feed labelling, adopted in first reading of the EP plenary session on 12 December 2006, as the starting line for the overdue simplification of EU feed labelling rules.

FEFAC President, Prof Martin Tielen, fully supports to accelerate the announced simplification proposal on feed labelling which would offer all market partners a satisfactory solution. The present legal situation remains highly detrimental both to EU livestock producers and the feed industry interests since the required indication of percentage inclusion rates of all feed materials with a tolerance rule of ±15% may mislead the customer while offering no sufficient IP protection.

In line with food labelling requirements
FEFAC members are fully endorsing any agreement at political level which would bring quantitative labelling requirements for feed in line with current EU food labelling requirements. The European feed industry has successfully implemented safety assurance systems based on the European Feed Manufacturers Code, EFMC, and the new EU feed hygiene legislation (Regulation (EC) No 183/2005) whose principles are equivalent to the food sector and have considerably improved traceability in the feed chain while reducing feed safety related incidents.

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