To minimise risks and to ensure the highest level of food safety, Canada’s Food Inspection Agency has proposed following the EU example and imposing a ban on feeding table scraps to pigs and poultry.
This ban would reduce the risk of meat being fed to livestock, and the risk of harmful bacteria or toxins ending up in the food supply.
Canada banned the feeding of scraps containing meat in 2001 after an outbreak of the virulent foot-and-mouth disease in the UK, but allowed “edible residual materials” in feed such as bread, vegetables, and pasteurized milk.
Leftovers from restaurants
Few Canadian farmers feed scraps to pigs and poultry, and major livestock groups frown upon the practice. The materials, such as leftovers from restaurants, were allowed under permits from the agency, but the agency said it plans to cancel all permits under the proposed regulation, which is open for public comment until July 16.