News last update:6 Aug 2012

Germany want relaxation MBM ban

German Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer wants to relax the ban of using meat and bone meal (MBM) in animal feed. Cutting animal feed costs would be a major component in moves to counter the rising trend in global food prices, he told a news conference.

The EU banned use of meat and bone meal in farm animal feed in 2001 largely as part of moves to stamp out mad cow disease BSE and associated illnesses.

The ban on meat meal compels the use of more expensive feed ingredients and needs fresh debate, Seehofer said. "I think there should be a relaxation," he said. But this would only be for certain types of feed for non-ruminating animals, he added.

Seehofer said the German government was working on proposals to relax the ban which could be ready in about three months.

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