Canada bans feeding scraps to poultry
To minimise risks and to ensure the highest level of
food safety, Canada's Food Inspection Agency has proposed following the EU
example and imposing a ban on feeding table scraps to pigs and
This ban would reduce the risk of meat being fed to livestock, and the risk
of harmful bacteria or toxins ending up in the food supply.
Canada banned the feeding of scraps containing meat in 2001 after an
outbreak of the virulent foot-and-mouth disease in the UK, but allowed "edible
residual materials" in feed such as bread, vegetables, and pasteurized
Leftovers from restaurants
Few Canadian farmers feed scraps to pigs and poultry, and major livestock
groups frown upon the practice. The materials, such as leftovers from
restaurants, were allowed under permits from the agency, but the agency said it
plans to cancel all permits under the proposed regulation, which is open for
public comment until July 16.
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