Farm Ireland

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Copa-Cogeca hails tighter EU measures for feed ingredients

Tougher measures to control the supply of ingredients to the animal feed sector have been welcomed by the European farmer representative group Copa-Cogeca.

The EU Commission has proposed that establishments handling and marketing fats and fatty acids will need compulsory approval, while a reinforced monitoring programme to be developed with the feed fat supply sector has also been touted.

The moves follow the recent dioxin scare in Germany which caused serious disruption to its farming sector.

"We need to ensure that management systems work effectively and in a transparent manner," said Copa-Cogeca secretary-general Pekka Pesonen. "If all operators fully co-operate in the process, this will bring the necessary improvements to the EU food and feed safety systems."

The German dioxin scare began after a company mixed industrial fat destined for biofuel production with oils used by animal feed producers and sold some 3,000t to feed companies.

Hundreds of farms in northern Germany remain closed as a result of the crisis, which is said to have cost German farmers €40-60m a week.

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