HC Deb 19 January 1989 vol 145 cc314-5W
47. Miss Emma Nicholson

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has any plans to stop the use of recycled animal protein in poultry feed; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Donald Thompson

I have no plans to do so. The Diseases of Animals (Protein Processing) Order 1981 requires all protein material for animal feeding stuffs to be manufactured free from salmonella. My officials routinely inspect all premises producing such protein to ensure that this requirement is met.

In addition, discussions are under way between my officials and representatives of the animal feedingstuffs industry to consider the application of the present controls and any further measures which may be needed to reduce salmonella contamination in feeding stuffs.