Europe Moves Toward Relaxing Feed Ban Rules

On June 23, 2008, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the European Union supported amending annex IV of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) European Commission (EC) Regulation No. 999/2001, which will allow the use of fish meal as a milk replacer in the feed of unweaned calves, as well as the exports of processed pet food containing processed animal proteins from ruminants. The amendment marks the first relaxation of the ban of animal proteins in ruminant feed as part of the EC TSE Roadmap issued in July 2005.

The amendment proposal subsequently passed scrutiny by the European Parliament and was expected to be formally approved by the EC in mid to late September. It was anticipated the amended regulation would officially become law at the end of September or early October 2008.

During the same agriculture meeting, the council took note of a request by the Belgian delegation to reduce the number of tests to be carried out for BSE active surveillance starting in January 2009. No new BSE cases have been recorded in Belgium since October 2006. Belgium performed about 360,000 BSE tests on cattle during 2007. This request was supported by Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Ireland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Italy, and Slovenia and is also one of the goals of the TSE Roadmap.

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