Outrage as European chickens fed pig remains
Many are outraged as the EU is preparing to allow the
remains of pig carcasses to be used in poultry feed, which would save UK farmers
millions of pounds as cereal prices soar.
The practice of using pig remains in chicken feed was banned in Europe
after the BSE crisis 10 years ago. This proposal, according to the Observer, has
outraged animal rights campaigners, and Muslim organisations among other groups,
who claim the move would put families at risk, offend religious sensibilities
and lead to a major consumer backlash.
"There are two million Muslims in Britain and 25
million in Europe and this move would be a disaster for every one of them," said
Dr Abdel Majid-Katme of the Islamic
Medical Association, adding that this is a sinful idea.
The RSPCA voiced its concerns about the health risks involved.
Additionally, agriculture experts believe many consumers would be offended by
the idea of a return to the use of animal remains in farm feeds. "I think there
will be such a backlash from consumers that the idea would have to be dropped,"
said Tom Acamovic, a nutrition expert based at the Scottish Agricultural
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it
would back the move only if proper safety tests were introduced. "We understand
the European Commission will be submitting a proposal later this year," said a
spokesman. "We would only support it if we were fully satisfied that appropriate
and effective testing had taken place to control the use of such proteins in
The proposal, however, is backed by a former risk assessment adviser for
the Food Standards Agency, Philip Comer of DNV Consulting. "The by-products of
slaughter are a very valuable source of protein,' he said. 'We should not be
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