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Review: Risk posed by processed animal protein in feed

Investigations are to take place into the BSE risk posed by processed animal protein (PAP) in feed.

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority to gauge the threat to cattle of giving pig PAP to poultry and poultry PAP to pigs and the possible contamination of feed with BSE.

The Commission has argued that since EFSA’s last scientific opinion in 2010/11 the EU BSE epidemiological situation has continued to improve.

The use of PAP in all farmed animal feed was banned in the EU in 2001 amid concerns about its contribution to BSE. But there have been discussions in recent years across the EU about relaxing the ban to allow the feeding of PAP derived from non-ruminants to non-ruminants of a different species, paving the way for it to be permitted in fish feed.

Since 2010 there have been a number of technological advances, according to the Commission, including enhanced laboratory methods used to test feed for the presence of unauthorised constituents of animal origin.

Some poultry organisations have been calling for the reintroduction of PAP products. Three years ago, the British Poultry Council called for their re-introduction in the light of poultry feed prices rising at a higher rate than other livestock feed.

Andrew Large, former BPC chief executive, blamed EU constraints on certain feed sources and called on the removal of the legislative barrier around the ban on feeding animal proteins to farm animals.

EFSA has been asked to respond to the questions by June 2018.


  • Photo: RBI

    Photo: RBI


  • Ankit Sharma


    The whole BSE scandal was a stitch up by jobsworths who were incapable of doing a proper job of understanding the basic facts. Or did they just lie to us all ? --- Where was there ever ANY evidence that it would transfer to Humans ? --- Now let us look at the facts and talk sence, The workers in the animal by-product factories would be the 1st to be ill. Then there are folks like me who by default had in our poultry feed stuffs. ( Healthy hens need it ) --- When our hens or growers did not want to eat a particular batch of feed, first we sniffed it for any odder then tasted it to see if it was rancid ! Many people did this from the feed rep to all other poultry farmers. --- Now then how many have shown symptoms or died ? --- We should all have been the first to get BSE and we would now be long dead by now ! --- Come get it back into use as it is a terrible waste of an excellent product for our poultry ! --- Strange thing is you can buy it and put it into the ground for plants and vegies then eat them ! --- HUH !

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