Relaxation of animal feed labelling rules
The European Parliament has adopted a report allowing feed labelling rules to
be handled in a more flexible way in the event of contamination, Agra Europe
Food scares in the 90s caused by contaminated feed led the Parliament to call
for a list of authorised feed materials. In the text that has now been adopted
by the Parliament, more responsibility is given to the feed business; in place
of an EU-approved list, the feed industry would be responsible for producing a
catalogue of feed materials.
Manufacturers would be obliged to declare
the use of new materials, and the Commission should have a right to object to
the catalogue. A similar set of rules would apply to a code of conduct drawn up
by the industry.
The report, by German Green MEP Friedrich Wilhelm Graefe
zu Baringdorf, was adopted by the Parliament's agriculture committee with 31
votes in favour, none against, and two abstentions.
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