Feb. 21, 2008, Ottawa —Poultry and hog producers no longer need a Canadian Food Inspection Agency permit to feed food products for what the agency called edible residual material (ERM), such as stale-dated bread, pasteurized milk and vegetable wastes to their livestock.
The agency made the announcement yesterday. The agency has previously issued permits to livestock producers, albeit
very few and all in Eastern Canada, for the feeding of ERM under the federal Health of Animals
The agency had also previously issued permits for feeding of scraps of
meat, meat byproducts and ERM suspected of containing meat, but stopped
issuing such permits in 2001 following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth
disease in the U.K., traced back to the feeding of imported restaurant
A ban on feeding meat ERM to swine and poultry has now been imposed
separately in the Health of Animals regulations. The CFIA says that ending the
Health of Animals permit system for products such as bakery waste,
dairy processing byproducts and vegetables will "remove this regulatory
burden which no longer serves a disease control role."
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