Health & Consumer Voice - March - 2011 Edition
Feed information will soon improve significantly, thus further empowering feed users, due to a rare act of private-sector cooperation that resulted in a Commission proposal, which was endorsed by the Member States at the Standing Committee for on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH).
The private sector worked voluntarily on a ground-breaking update of the old list of feed materials (Catalogue), which contains less than 200 entries. The coverage of the feed materials listed in the new Catalogue is significantly increased and simultaneously the information about their properties is improved.
The new feed marketing rules came into effect on 1 September 2010. Introducing the new approach of co-regulation, all interested feed chain partners were given the chance to participate in the updating of the EU Catalogue of feed materials. Thirty-eight EU associations of the feed sector presented their joint proposal shortly after the new regulation entered into force, proving their strong commitment in the mandate they received from the legislators and their belief in the added value of the Catalogue's updating.
In line with the co-regulation approach, the Commission checked the proposal, did some limited fine-tuning and presented it for a vote in the animal nutrition section of the Standing Committee for on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH). The draft Regulation received a positive opinion by qualified majority and will now undergo the European Parliament and Council scrutiny before the Commission can officially approve it. The regulation is expected to enter into force in the first half of 2011.
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