Fish meal allowed in milkreplacers

06-05-2008 | |

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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