DEFRA Clamp Down on Waste Products
Byline: DAVID MCCOY
FOLLOWING lengthy negotiations between the Agricultural Industries Confederation, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency, AIC confirmed DEFRA had agreed that materials resulting from the manufacture of food and drink, which were then used to feed animals, "will not be classified as waste''.
The need for such negotiation arose because the EA suggested that many by-products and coproducts from food and drink production could be classified as waste when they were passed to other food, drink and feed establishments.
This view arose as the EA was preparing itself for enforcing the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Regulations which affect the largest food and drink and feed manufacturing installations in the sector.
Having advised DEFRA and the EA that the United Kingdom feed and livestock industry was extremely concerned at the possibility of the reclassification of a very important group of animal feedingstuffs, AIC played a key role in driving forward this issue.
With comprehensive feed legislation and assurance schemes, such as FEMAS and UFAS, already in place to control the safety, sale and supply of byproducts and co-products from the food and drink industry for use in animal feedingstuffs, AIC was extremely concerned at the public perception of the proposed re-classification and at the possible loss of valuable feed materials. …