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The ban on feeds made from animal remains has been lifted in the EU, although it was put in place following the BSE (mad cow disease) outbreak for years 90.
Moreover, it was lifted to favor European farmers, according to reports.
Foods processed into animal protein (PAP) are made from a mixture of pork fat and protein and are known to be affordable.
Now it is again intended to be fed to farm chickens in Europe.
It was banned in 1994 after BSE swept across the UK, leading to the culling of more than four million cows.
Often the disease is fatal after attacking the central nervous system. It can also affect people.
However, a political adviser said there was no risk to health and that farmers were “impatient” to access cheap food again, according to a report published in The Guardian complaints.
EU PAP ban
The use of PAP feed for cows and sheep will remain in effect, the newspaper says. However, it will remain banned in the UK.
A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs added: “The UK is committed to maintaining the highest standards in animal welfare and biosecurity.
“And, after we leave the EU, there is no legal obligation for us to implement any of these changes.”
Mad cow epidemic
First spotted in the 1980s, BSE began to infect cows. But by eating beef, it also affected humans. The death toll has reached 178 due to the human variant.
As a result, it has become temporarily illegal to sell certain cuts of beef.
Just three years ago, a case was reported on a Scottish farm – one in 16 since 2011. As a result, four cows have been killed.
However, a host of EU states have started calling for rethinking the ban on ‘negligible BSE risk status’, The Guardian the report continues.
Despite this, many argue that in order to prevent future widespread illnesses – BSE and COVID-19 included – we must stop eating meat altogether.
MPs will now review the plans before they can go into effect.