As part of its "roadmap" for the revision of the regulations on transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), the European Commission is proposing a relaxation of the rules banning processed animal proteins (PAPs) in the feed of certain productive livestock. With regard to this roadmap, the French Ministries of Agriculture, Health and Consumer Affairs decided to formally request ANSES to assess the health implications for France.
In 2009, the Agency had already placed several conditions on a possible relaxation of the European regulations on PAPs, mainly concerning the segregation of the industries to prevent cross-contamination and the development of a reliable test for detecting the species of origin in the processed animal proteins.
In an opinion and a report published last week ANSES notes the progress made in organisation of the industries. It nevertheless considers that the conditions for safe use of processed animal proteins have not, to date, been fully satisfied.
Wednesday November 16, 2011/ ANSES/ France.