16 August 1999
EC slams French feed practices

THE European Commission said there was a “major health risk” in France from pigs and poultry fed on sewage.

Brussels has told French authorities that four big animal feed producers had used slime from water treatment plants and sceptic tanks.

A juice made from animal corpses has also been included in some feed, according to a report by the French National Directorate of Consumer Inquiries.

The news, details of which have appeared in a French satirical magazine, has caused already panic in German shops.

It is also likely to cause further damage to Frances pig industry, which has been suffering poor prices.