30 July 1997
EC Labels for animal feed containing MBMs

THE European Commission has introduced compulsory labelling for animal feed which contains mammalian meat and bone meal (MBM).

The Commission said it introduced the new measures to protect the health of both humans and animals by ensuring farmers are fully informed of the products they use.

From December, straight and compound food stuffs containing mammalian MBM must be labelled informing the user that the product “contains protein derived from mammalian tissue – the feeding of which to ruminants is banned

If the feed has been banned to other farm animals, this also must be stated, the Commission stressed. The new rules must be introduced by December 1, 1997.

The rules will have no bearing on the UK agricultural industry because authorities banned MBM feed to all farm animals after it was thought to be the prime cause of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle.