SCoFCAH Implements New Animal By-Products Rules

EU - A new set of implementing rules on animal by-products, endorsed yesterday by the Member States in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH), is expected to simplify controls and reduce administrative burden, while maintaining the existing high levels of human and animal health protection.
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Animal by-products are materials of animal origin not consumed by humans, such as animal fats and milk powder used for feeding farmed animals, hides and skins for leather production and blood used for diagnostic tools.

With Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009, the Council and the European Parliament set out how animal by-products are categorised, according to the health risks which they pose. The Regulation determines how animal by-products should be collected, transported, processed, used or disposed of.

The new rules, which will be applied as of 4 March 2011, will exempt packaged pet-food, biodiesel, tanned hides and skins and some other products from veterinary controls, since potential health risks from those products are mitigated by appropriate treatments. This should allow focusing on major health risks, while maintaining the current high level of protection of public and animal health. The administrative burden for economic operators producing medicines and diagnostics from blood fractions, enzymes and tissues from animals, will also be reduced.

The new rules allow for the import of any category of animal by-products for research and development, and will also facilitate the feeding of animal by-products to protected species. This should help the protected species reconcile their natural feeding patterns with the objective to prevent the spreading of diseases, thus strengthening biodiversity in the EU.

The technical details, in particular hygiene standards, processing methods and import and traceability requirements, are left to the Commission's implementing measures, which have been endorsed and prepared on the basis of extensive consultations with all interested parties and in close contact with the European Parliament.

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