The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a consultation on the European Unions plans for implementing a revised version of the Animal By-Products Regulations.
The ABP Regulations govern the collection, handling, transportation, storage and disposal of animal by-products, including food waste which contains animal-derived products.
Defra has asked stakeholders to comment on the following issues:
- Conditions for validation of composting/biogas plants;
- Fish by-products;
- End point criteria for derived products. For example, hides and skins and pet food; and
- Incorporation requirements for organic fertilisers.
The revised ABP Regulations were adopted by the European Parliament in April, and are expected to be ratified by the European Council in September or October 2009 with publication in the Official Journal [EU legislation and information periodical] shortly after.
In a letter accompanying the consultation addressing stakeholders, Defra Food and Farming Group spokesman Neil Leach said: It would be particularly helpful to have a clear indication of the most important areas for you, so we can prioritise these in negotiations.
Defra has given stakeholders until 4 September to respond with their views on a draft framework document which was published by the European Commission last month, setting out the implementing rules for the revised ABP Regulation.
For more information see: http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/by-prods/pdf/letter-0908.pdf