According to NPA, the European Commission has dropped plans for a drastic reduction in permitted copper levels in piglet feed.
The Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, which helps the Commission in its role of implementing EU legislation, agreed revised maximum permitted limits (MPLs) of copper compounds for piglet feed at its latest meeting.
The outcome is extremely favourable for the pig sector, given that the initial proposal was to reduce the level to 25mg/kg for all ages of pigs, largely in order to protect soils from elevated concentrations of heavy metals.
After more than a year of debate on the new limits, the Committee finally agreed that the MPLs should be reduced from the existing level of 170mg/kg to 150mg/kg up to four weeks after weaning, 100mg/kg to eight weeks after weaning and then to 25mg/kg.
Wednesday May 9, 2018/ NPA/ United Kingdom.