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animal by-products law updated

Changes to the Animal By-Products Regulation have been announced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The update includes proposals for dealing with novel treatment and disposal methods. DEFRA said the proposal on novel methods allowed the Government to approve new methods for treating and disposing of animal by-products.

Other proposals relate to:

l Fish processing standards and a model commercial document

l Imports and uses of animal by-products for certain technical uses

l Treatment standards for milk intended for feeding to livestock

l Controls on biscuit, pastry, pasta and sweet waste

l Organic fertilisers and definition of pasture land

l Intra-species recycling of fish

l The marking of animal by-products and processed animal protein

l The relationship between the animal by-products and environmental legislation

DEFRA stated: The changes are minor, technical ones but for the sake of clarity and accessibility, we propose to consolidate the text and rename it as the Animal By-Products Regulations 2004.

The effect of the changes is primarily deregulatory. They remove some requirements which experience has shown to be unnecessary, such as the requirement for composted material to be retained on site pending the receipt of the results of microbiological testing.

One change of substance that we are proposing is to the appeals procedure.

We are therefore proposing an approach which seems more appropriate to the circumstances, but which would still provide protection of the applicants human rights.

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