§ Lord Lucas
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether gelatin, tallow, blood and protein of animal origin are permitted ingredients in feeds for cattle; and whether to the best of their knowledge any such ingredients are in current use in the United Kingdom. [HL1521]
§ Baroness Hayman
In the UK, a ban on feeding ruminant protein to ruminants was introduced in 1988. Since June 1994, the EU has prohibited the feeding of mammalian protein to ruminant species in all member states including the UK.
Gelatin and blood products are exempt from the feed ban in both EC and UK legislation. Tallow, being fat rather than protein, is also a permitted ingredient in cattle feed. Tallow and gelatin for inclusion in animal feed, however, must be produced to standards laid down in Community law. Such materials are not widely used in animal feed in the UK.