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Canada to ban feeding all scraps to pigs, poultry

by 5m Editor
30 June 2007, at 8:59am

CANADA - Canada has proposed a ban on feeding all table scraps to pigs and poultry so that it can keep and expand export markets, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in an industry notice on Friday.

Canada banned the feeding of scraps containing meat in 2001 after an outbreak of the virulent foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom, but allowed "edible residual materials" in feed such as bread, vegetables, and pasteurized milk, the agency said.

"This change will remove the use of potentially dangerous unapproved feed products as a source of feed for swine and poultry," the agency said in an analysis of its proposed regulation.

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, the notice said.

Source: Reuters

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