Lift feed ban to lower food prices?
At an emergency meeting of the UN food summit, Patrick Wall, chairman of the
European Food Safety Authority, suggested that the EU lift the ban on feeding
animal by-products to livestock to help lower food prices.
Grain prices have risen 83% in 3 years. The ban on feeding animal
by-products to livestock began in 1996 after the BSE crisis in Britain which was
linked to animal feed. According to Professor Wall, it is now safe to lift the
Concern about consumer reaction
The European Commission is considering a plan to allow pigs to be fed
poultry trimmings and chickens to be given pig meat to save farmers from buying
expensive grain and have asked for Wall's advice.
"Soya meal and other grain prices are going through the roof. Is it morally
and ethically correct to be destroying this food when people are starving? No
one I know is worried about the science. There is only concern about consumer
reaction," he said.
Awaiting formal advice
A spokesman for Defra said that it was awaiting formal advice from the
European Food Standards Agency.
"We would only support the proposal if we were satisfied that there was no
risk to human health and that appropriate and effective testing had taken place
to control the use of such proteins in pig and poultry feed," it said.
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