Feed (Specified Undesirable Substances) (England) Regulations 2006
Monday 19 June 2006
We seek your comments on the draft Feed (Specified Undesirable Substances) (England) Regulations 2006, which will implement three EC measures amending the maximum permitted levels (MPLs) for certain undesirable substances in animal feed.
All comments and views should be sent to:
Animal Feed Unit
Food Standards Agency
Rm 415B, Aviation House
125 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NH
Tel: 020 7276 8609
Fax: 020 7276 8478
Responses are requested by: 11 September 2006
The relevant EC measures are:
- Directive 2005/86/EC of 5 December 2005 on camphechlor
- Directive 2005/87/EC of 5 December 2005 on lead, fluorine and cadmium
- Directive 2006/13/EC of 3 February 2006 on dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs
Stakeholders are invited to comment in general on the draft Regulations, the partial RIA and on the issues raised in this consultation.
Undesirable substances, as defined in regulation 2 of the Feeding Stuffs (England) Regulations 2005, are generally
(a) naturally occurring environmental contaminants that are present at low levels in feed and food products, particularly vegetable crops drawing nutrients directly from the soil; and
(b) process contaminants that may be introduced into the feed either during or as a consequence of its treatment, manufacture and storage.
The setting of maximum permitted levels (MPLs) for undesirable substances through Commission Directives 2005/86/EC, 2005/87/EC and 2006/13/EC is considered to be an important safeguard in the protection of animal and human health. The MPLs are set out in Annex I to Directive 2002/32/EC, the most recent consolidation of EC undesirable substances legislation, and have been amended a number of times since the Directive was adopted in 2002. The three Commission Directives named in the paragraph headed 'Consultation details' above further amend the Annex with respect to camphechlor, lead, fluorine, cadmium, dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs.
Camphechlor, a pesticide banned in the EU, is still found at very low levels in the environment, particularly the marine environment. Lead is present in many environments and, like cadmium, can be present in certain feed additives and premixtures. Fluorine is an essential element in animal nutrition, but excess exposure can produce adverse effects on teeth and bones. In addition, dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs are persistent environmental pollutants of historic origin that do not degrade easily.
The Directives have been adopted following the adoption and publication of Opinions on these undesirable substances by a scientific panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which took over some of the responsibilities of the former Scientific Committee on Animal Nutrition (SCAN). SCAN had previously been engaged in a review of the MPLs for undesirable substances, as many had been established some years previously and had never been subjected to re-assessment in the light of current scientific evidence.
Further details of the changes are set out in Section 2 of the attached Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA).
Commission Directive 2005/86/EC of 5 December 2005 and Commission Directive 2005/87/EC of 5 December 2005 amending Annex I to Directive 2002/32/EC were published in the Official Journal of the European Committees, issue number L318 of 6 December 2005. Commission Directive 2006/13/EC of February 2006 amending Annexes I and II to Directive 2002/32/EC was published in the Official Journal, issue number L32 of 4 February 2006. An index of the Official Journal can be found on the European Commission website
There will be separate but parallel Regulations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which will be subject to separate consultations.
This consultation has been prepared in accordance with the HM Government Code of Practice on Consultation, which states that a consultation must follow better regulation best practice, including carrying out an Impact Assessment (Regulatory Impact Assessment in Scotland). The assessment is included in the consultation documents.
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