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THE Food Standards Agency has advised Defra ministers that the UK should not support proposals from the European Commission to amend certain provisions of the existing ban on feeding processed animal protein (PAP) to farmed animals.
The ban was applied across the EU in 2001 as a BSE control measure (see pp 352–353 of this issue). The Commission has now proposed that the ban should be relaxed to allow the feeding of PAP derived from non-ruminants to non-ruminants of a different species. It intends to hold a vote on the proposal later this year.
The FSA was set up in 2000 in the wake of the BSE crisis and other food safety scares and advises ministers on food safety issues. In …