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Food and Feed Safety (20-06-2011)

Regulation creating a new catalogue of feed materials published in the Official Journal

Regulation (EU) No. 575/2011 creating a new catalogue of feed materials was published on June 17 in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The new catalogue enables operators to use more precise names/expressions for the feed they place on the market. This improves the labelling of feed with respect to transparency and traceability and thus strengthens feed safety.

The regulation is the product of a rare act of private-sector cooperation. The Commission introduced the new approach of co-regulation and gave all interested feed chain partners the chance to participate in the updating of the EU Catalogue of feed materials. Thirty-eight (38) EU associations of the feed sector, often competing entities on the market, held many meetings to improve the catalogue and, in the end, they presented their joint proposal.

The Commission checked the joint proposal, did some limited fine-tuning and presented it for a vote in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) in November 2010. The new regulation will enter into force on July 7.

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