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Animal by-products regs cause co-product poser

by 5m Editor
11 June 2003, at 12:00am

UK - NPA recommends that Producers who feed co-products such as vegetables, pastry, pasta and crisps may want to check whether they will still be able to get supplies once the new Animal By-products Regulations become law next month.

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The new rules do not forbid the feeding of non-meat products to pigs but producers and their suppliers will be asked to prove there is no possibility of the material being contaminated by meat or other products of animal origin.

In practice this would mean the supplier operating a full HACCP procedure -- and some smaller companies will not want to go to the trouble.

Defra acknowledge HACPP could be a problem for smaller firms.

They suggest another way of demonstrating adequate safeguards would be membership of the Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (Femas).

Femas is a product certification scheme for producers and processors of feed materials who supply either feed compounders or on-farm mixers. The scheme dovetails with the Ukasta feed assurance scheme.

HACCP includes hazard analysis, establishing critical limits, monitoring procedures, corrective actions, verification procedures, and record-keeping and documentation so that if a deviation occurs it detected and appropriate steps are taken to reestablish control in a timely manner.

Source: National Pig Association - By Digby Scott - 11th June 2003

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