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Statement following the EU vote of 18th July 2012

Fabra welcomes the EU’s decision to lift the ban on processed animal proteins for use in aqua feed, a decision which recognises the safety and value of processed animal protein as a nutritionally balanced feed ingredient.

This ruling has the potential to reduce Europe’s protein deficit and reliance on imports. It also opens export markets, enabling UK animal by-product processors to compete with their non-European counterparts, ultimately increasing the value of the fifth quarter for the benefit of the entire meat production chain.

There is now work to be done to meet the requirements of the new regulation. Additional traceability and testing procedures will need to be in place to verify that only PAP produced from porcine and poultry raw material that is fit for human consumption at the point of slaughter can be used. However demands such as species-specific processing are already commonplace in the UK and we expect approval of the new PRC species of origin test shortly.

Restrictions on the use of ruminant PAP remain in place, a measure which we believe is necessary to allay consumer fears.  Our own anecdotal research suggests that consumers are increasingly mindful of the costly environmental impact of alternatives such as soya and, with the facts about PAP to hand, are more supportive of its appropriate use in feed, respecting, of course, the ban on intra-species recycling which is supported by all Fabra members.

Stephen Woodgate, Chief Executive, Fabra

July 19th, 2012