Germany want relaxation MBM ban

08-05-2008 | |

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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