Member States agree on traceability rules for animal by-products
At the Standing Committee for the Food Chain and Animal
Health, Member States endorsed a proposal by the Commission which aims to
improve the traceability of animal by-products through identification and
According to the proposal, the Animal By-Products Regulation (EC) No
1774/2002 should be amended so that colour-coded packaging or vehicles are used
for any animal by-products being moved from one Member State to another.
Pre-set colours to be used, depending on the type of animal by-products
â€¢ Black for Category 1 material such as carcasses
from which specified risk material has not been removed
â€¢ Yellow for
Category 2 material such as fallen stock
â€¢ Green for Category 3
material such as meat fit for human consumption but removed from the food chain
for commercial reasons.
Member States will be allowed to introduce complementary colour-coding
systems for animal by-products transported only at national level. The rules for
the commercial documentation that must accompany any animal by-products being
transported within the EU will also be altered slightly to further enhance
Additionally, the decision will make it compulsory to mark meat-and-bone
meal and animal fat from rendering plants which process Category 1 and 2 animal
by-products. The marking substance glyceroltriheptanoate must be used to do
Member States can introduce additional national marking requirements for
other animal by-products which will remain within their territories. The
Commission will now formally adopt this decision, and it will enter into effect
on 1 July 2008.
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