July 12, 2011

 

Europe relaxes rules on animal protein usage

 

 

The European Parliament decided last week to back up the EU Commission's proposals to loosen up regulations that restrict the utilisation of animal protein in animal feed.

 

German MEP Dagmar Roth-Behrendt's report will permit pig and poultry protein to be used in animal feed, while maintaining the ban on cattle and sheep protein in order to prevent another outbreak of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or Mad Cow Disease.

 

The EU is only 40% self sufficient in protein animal feed and commodity prices remain very high, so the move will reduce Europe's reliance on imported soymeal.

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