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News last update:7 Aug 2012

Lift feed ban to lower food prices?

At an emergency meeting of the UN food summit today, Patrick Wall, chairman of the European Food Safety Authority, suggested that the EU lift the ban on feeding animal by products to livestock to help lower food prices.

Grain prices including rice and wheat have risen 83% in three years, causing riots in countries such as Haiti, Egypt, and Mexico. The ban began in 1996 after the BSE crisis in Britain which was linked to animal feed. Professor Wall said that it was now safe to lift the ban.

Concern about consumer reaction
The European Commission is considering a plan to allow pigs to be fed poultry trimmings and chickens to be given pig meat to save farmers from buying expensive grain and have asked for Professor Wall's advice. "Soya meal and other grain prices are going through the roof. Is it morally and ethically correct to be destroying this food when people are starving? No one I know is worried about the science. There is only concern about consumer reaction". he said. 

Awaiting formal advice
A spokesman for Defra said that it was awaiting formal advice from the European Food Standards Agency. "We would only support the proposal if we were satisfied that there was no risk to human health and that appropriate and effective testing had taken place to control the use of such proteins in pig and poultry feed," it said.

[Source: The Times]

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