The present suspension of the use of meat and bone meal in animal feed for pigs
and poultry is to continue indefinitely, agriculture ministers of the 15 EU countries
agreed yesterday (Tuesday). Ministers also barred “cannibalism” in animal feed
and insisted that animal by-products could only be used in animal feed if they
came from animals fit for human consumption. Agreement was also reached on interim
requirements for imports of live cattle and animal products from certain third
countries. European consumer affairs Commissioner David Byrne said the agreements
were “a major step towards preventing feed-borne food crises such as BSE and dioxin

By Alan Osborn, correspondent