Feed (Specified Undesirable Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2007
Wednesday 30 May 2007
Draft Regulations will transpose into law in Scotland an EC measure - Commission Directive 2006/77/EC of 29 September 2006, amending and extending the maximum permitted levels for a range of organochlorine compounds, chiefly pesticides, in animal feed.
All comments and views should be sent to:
Animal Food Chain and Novel Foods Branch
Food Standards Agency Scotland
St. Magnus House
25 Guild Street
Aberdeen AB11 6NJ
Tel: 01224 285138
Fax: 01224 285168
Responses are requested by: 22 August 2007
The amended or extended maximum permitted levels (MPLs) have been adopted following an opinion from the relevant scientific panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). EFSA has been reviewing the MPLs for undesirable substances in animal feed - many of which were set some time ago - in the light of both current experience and up-to-date scientific evidence.
An important safeguard in the protection of animal and human health is the setting of statutory limits for undesirable substances, as defined in regulation two of the Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Regulations 2005. For the most part these are naturally occurring environmental contaminants that are present at low levels in feed and food products, and process contaminants which may be introduced into the feed either during or as a consequence of its treatment, manufacture and storage. The list of undesirable substances covered by the Regulations also includes a range of organochlorine compounds, chiefly pesticides such as camphechlor, endosulfan, aldrin and dieldrin.
Available monitoring data have shown that significant levels of aldrin and dieldrin are found in feed which contains a relatively high proportion of fish oil. A new lower MPL has therefore been introduced for fish oil products. There is an existing MPL for endosulfan in oilseeds and products derived from the processing of oilseeds. Monitoring data have also shown that it is appropriate to increase the MPL for endosulfan in crude vegetable oil derived from processing oilseeds. For a number of organochlorine compounds, the term 'fats' in the list of feedingstuffs potentially contaminated with these substances is to be revised to read 'fats and oils' to make clear that all fats and oils - including animal fat, vegetable oils and fish oil - are covered.
Full details of the changes introduced by Commission Directive 2006/77/EC are set out in Section 2 of the attached Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA). We are also taking this opportunity to correct a typographical error in and the omission of a small sub-group of permitted protein sources from Schedule 6 to the consolidated Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Regulations 2005; these corrections are set out in regulations 2(2) and 2(4) of the draft Regulations.
There will be consultations on separate but parallel draft regulations for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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