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Animal By-Products - Introduction

EU rules on animal by-products (ABPs)

ABPs can spread animal diseases (e.g. BSE) or chemical contaminants (e.g. dioxins), and can be dangerous to animal and human health if not properly disposed of. EU rules regulate their movement, processing and disposal.

ABPs are categorised according to their risk using the basic principles in Regulation EC 1069/2009

Measures that apply to them depend on the ABP's category which is based on their handling:

EU national authorities make official controls on ABP imports from non-EU countries.

Legislation

New:

Regulation EU 749/2011 amends Reg. EU 142/2011;

Regulations EC 1069/2009 and EU 142/2011 replaced the old one (1774/2002) consolidating several related acts into one;

Regulation EU 142/2011 – consolidated version

"Consolidated" means that the basic EU legislation, its amendments and corrections figure in a single document. As an informal document, the Commission assumes no responsibility for its content.

What are animal by-products?

Animal by-products (ABPs) are materials of animal origin that people do not consume. ABPs include among others:

Over 20 million tons emerge annually from EU from slaughterhouses, plants producing food for human consumption, dairies and as fallen stock from farms.