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Feed F06-019 - EU Rapid Alert Notification - Cadmium in Zinc Sulphate from China in France 07 Feb 2006

The EU Commission informed FEFAC that on 27 January 2006, France notified the detection of extremely high levels of cadmium (up to 7.6%) in zinc sulphate imported from China. The contaminated products were imported in France between September 2004 and July 2005 and represent some 120 t.

Feed F06-018 - The Feeding Stuffs and the Feeding Stuffs (Sampling and Analysis) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 01 Feb 2006

Further to Member Briefing F05-100, the FSA advises that The Feeding Stuffs and the Feeding Stuffs (Sampling and Analysis) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006 (S.I. 2006 No. 113) have now been published. This legislation will come into force on 16 February. Separate but parallel regulations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, are also being introduced.

Feed F06-017 - Dioxins in Pig Fat (Lard) - RASFF Alert Notification by Dutch Authorities - Update 01 Feb 2006

The European Commission informed FEFAC that the Belgian Food Safety Agency confirmed non-purified - hydrochloric acid as the source of the dioxin contamination of Pig fat delivered by PB Gelatins to 1 manufacturer in The Netherlands and 4 manufacturers in Belgium.

Feed F06-014 - Sales of Antimicrobial Products Authorised For Use As Veterinary Medicines in the UK - 2005 Report 26 Jan 2006

The VMD has published the 2005 report on Sales of Antimicrobial Products Authorised for Use As Veterinary Medicines, Antiprotozoals, Antifungals, Growth Promoters and Coccidiostats in the UK.

Feed F06-015 - Dioxins in Pig Fat Lard - RASSF Alert Notification by Dutch Authorities 26 Jan 2006

FEFAC has advised that the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed RASFF services of the European Commission confirmed that they have received on 25 January 2006 an alert notification from the Dutch authorities informing Member States about exceeding Dioxin levels in pig fat delivered in November 2005 to one Dutch feed compounder by a Belgian supplier. According to the European Commission it is a very unusual contamination pattern as no PCB were present in the sample taken on 15 December 2005. Officials did not exclude analytical errors at this stage but are waiting for follow-up information from the Belgian Food Safety Agency AFSCA.

Feed F06-016 - FSA Survey of Maize Samples for BT10 26 Jan 2006

On 26 January, the FSA published the results of tests on samples of imported maize for the presence of the unauthorised genetically modified (GM) Bt10. A total of 190 tests were carried out on 19 consignments of maize from various locations in the UK during four weeks in September/October 2005. This work was done in addition to testing that has already been carried out by local authorities. No samples were found to contain Bt10.

F06-013 - Seminar â?? Basic Principles of Process Hygiene and HACCP for the Animal Feed Industry 24 Jan 2006

Management Forum Ltd is holding a seminar on Basic Principles of Process Hygiene and HACCP for the animal feed industry in London 7 April 2006.

F06-012 - FSA Response to ACAFâ??s Review of Feed Law Enforcement 24 Jan 2006

The FSA is seeking comments on its draft response to the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs ACAF Review of Feed Law Enforcement published in June last year.

F06-011 - Registration of Premises using Milk and Milk Products as Animal Feed 24 Jan 2006

Legislation being introduced under the Animal By-Products Regulation No. 1774-2002 requires the registration of all premises that handle milk and milk based products that will be fed to all farmed animals.

Feed F06-010 - Avian Influenza - Joint Government and Industry Meetings 16 Jan 2006

A copy of the letter of invitation to two further joint Government and industry meetings on Avian Influenza is available below. These are being targeted at the two regions not covered by the original meetings. Defra is running these meetings jointly with the Health Protection Agency, the Health and Safety Executive, the State Veterinary Service and the poultry industry.