Europe: Commission Proposes Updates To Labeling Rules
Article obtained from WATT Feed E-NEWS, March 2008, Vol. 8
The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a regulation to simplify the existing procedures for labeling and marketing animal feed and pet food, while making the overall system more efficient and maintaining the same high level of protection of animal health, animal welfare and public health. The draft regulation sets out certain general provisions for the labeling of all feed. On top of this, specific mandatory labeling requirements are laid down for feed materials, compound feed (including pet food) and "dietetic" feed. The draft regulation transfers the initiative for updating the EU's list of feed materials, specifying the most relevant compounds used in feed, from the legislator to stakeholders. Animal industry spokespeople believe the EU livestock sector, which contributes to almost half of all EU agricultural output, will benefit from modernized rules that will help promote its competitiveness. It is also anticipated that the modernized regulation will provide freedom to the feed industry to be more innovative. The compound feed and pet food industry represents a turnover of roughly b ,50 billion in the EU. In addition, it is anticipated that the 62 million households in the EU that own pets will be in a better position to evaluate the real content of the pet food they buy.