22 June 2001

Europe MBMban to stay for now

MEAT and bonemeal is to be banned in all animal feed throughout Europe for at least another six months, farm ministers agreed in Luxembourg this week.

Their decision extends a temporary ban, introduced at the start of this year following the discovery of more BSE on the continent, which was due to expire at the end of the month.

A number of member states, notably Germany, France, Austria and Spain, had wanted to see the ban made permanent, in the interests of reassuring consumers.

But they failed to raise enough support at this weeks farm council to change the commissions plan for a more open-ended extension.

Food safety commissioner, David Byrne, does not want to shut the door on MBM for good. He believes it may still be scientifically justified to use it for pig, poultry and fish feed.

"Pigs and poultry are not vegetarian," said a commission statement. "They need some essential amino acids only available in animal protein." The commission is also mindful of the k3bn (£1.8bn) cost of disposing of animal waste by incineration or landfill. &#42

Europe MBMban to stay for now

MEAT and bonemeal is to be banned in all animal feed throughout Europe for at least another six months, farm ministers agreed in Luxembourg this week.

Their decision extends a temporary ban, introduced at the start of this year following the discovery of more BSE on the continent, which was due to expire at the end of the month.

A number of member states, notably Germany, France, Austria and Spain, had wanted to see the ban made permanent, in the interests of reassuring consumers.

But they failed to raise enough support at this weeks farm council to change the commissions plan for a more open-ended extension.

Food safety commissioner, David Byrne, does not want to shut the door on MBM for good. He believes it may still be scientifically justified to use it for pig, poultry and fish feed.

"Pigs and poultry are not vegetarian," said a commission statement. "They need some essential amino acids only available in animal protein." The commission is also mindful of the k3bn (£1.8bn) cost of disposing of animal waste by incineration or landfill. &#42