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FEFAC welcomes revision of feed regulations

EU Commission proposal for a regulation on the placing on the market and use of feed seen as important contribution to stimulate innovation in the feed sector at a time of high market prices of feed

March 11, 2008

FEFAC welcomes revision of feed regulations

In line with its continuous program of simplification, the EU Commission has proposed a revision of its directives on the circulation and labelling of feed materials and compound feed. The move has been welcomed by the European feed industry as an important contribution to stimulate innovation in the feed sector at a time of high market prices of feed.

left), stated that “this proposal sets the right balance between customer demands for meaningful information and the industry request to maintain an adequate level of know-how protection”.

He underlined that feed supplies to farmers are caracterized as a business-to-business relation in which modern livestock farmers call on feed suppliers to provide a balanced feed meeting the specific nutrient requirements for their farm animals. He also pointed out that the European feed industry is a recognized world leader in providing animal nutrition solutions, investing approximately €1.5 billion annually in product development and research activities.

The new proposal does reflect the need to develop a regulatory framework fostering research and development in animal nutrition in Europe as a crucial factor to improve competitiveness of the livestock sector.

Pedro CorrĂŞa de Barros expressed his hope that the EU institutions can rapidly advance towards a first reading agreement, thus allowing livestock and industry producers to fully benefit from the new simpler, clearer and more modern rules laid down in the proposal.

Commission proposal for a Regulation on the placing on the market and use of feed (PDF).

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