The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) thinks that proteins from
pigs could be used in poultry feed and that poultry proteins can be used for pig
feed. According to the committee, research shows that meat and bone meal derived
from non-ruminants can be used in poultry and pig feed without any risk for
The use of meat and bone meal in animal feed is forbidden in the European
Union, due to the risk of BSE spreading. This puts companies in the EU in a
negative competition position, due to the relatively strict BSE regulation and
measures regarding the use of by-products.
According to the EESC, the current situation causes
extra costs to destruct pig carcasses and higher prices for alternative
vegetable protein sources to be used in animal feed. The EESC therefore
advocates liberation of the Animal By-product regulation (1774/2002), provided
that the consumers are guaranteed that there is no cross contamination (and thus
This means that the method for identification for proteins
that are currently used should be brought to perfection. Furthermore, the
proteins that are used in animal feed should come from healthy pigs and birds,
slaughtered in separate abattoirs.
The EESC also thinks that there should be
more research in the possibilities for on-farm destruction of dead animals. In
this perspective, a system that destructs and produces energy at the same time
is one of the most favourable options to further investigate.
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