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News last update:6 Aug 2012

Vion wants MBM back in animal feed

General Director Sjors Beerendonk of the Dutch renderer Sobel (subsidiary of meat company Vion) wants to re-open the discussion on the European ban the use meat and bone meal (MBM) in animal feed. However, the whole discussion is emotionally charged so that would not be easy.

"When we use the word BSE, you already have a disadvantage in the discussion," says Beerendonk. The European ban on using MBM dates back to 15 December 2000. Since that date, no animal protein can be used in animal feed, to prevent BSE from spreading.

Vion would like to reopen the discussion of a possible reintroduction of MBM or a relaxation of the ban. If European partners are willing to join this discussion is not clear yet.

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