News last update:6 Aug 2012

Fish meal allowed in milkreplacers

The Scientific Committee in Brussels has approved the motion to allow fishmeal back into milkreplacers for young ruminants.

The proposal was suggested by the European Commission. Allowing fishmeal is the first step into further diminishing the ban on feeding animal proteins to mammals.

The next – allowing meat meal into animal feed – depends on the speed of developing and availability of animal-specific tests, which can be used in practice.

These tests are necessary to be able to guarantee the non-cannibalism principle. It should be avoided that for example pigs receive feed containing meat meal of its own species.

For ruminants the ban on meat and bone meal stays in place due to the risk on BSE or mad cow disease, the reason for imposing the ban more than ten years ago.

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