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The European Commission has, within the framework of the veterinary legislation protecting animal and human health, adopted a series of safeguard measures to combat BSE which concern the animal feed sector. These measures have been integrated into animal feed legislation where necessary.

As announced in the White Paper on Food Safety, the European Commission has on 19 October 2000 put forward a proposal pdf for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council excluding animal by-products not intended for human consumption from animal feed. The Council on 19 June 2001 reached a political agreement on this proposal for a Regulation (see Press release, 19 June 2001). This proposed regulation replaces and simplifies a multitude of scattered veterinary directives and decisions taken in response to internal market requirements and crisis situations. It aims to prevent feed-borne food crises such as BSE and dioxin contamination by prohibiting the recycling of fallen stock and condemned animal material in feed, and allows only the use of material derived from animals declared fit for human consumption in animal feed.

Council and European Parliament Regulation 999/2001/EC pdf laying down rules for the prevention, control and eradication of certain transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) brings all measures taken to combat BSE and other TSE's within a single framework, including measures related to animal feed.

 

 
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