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EU Chicken Feed

Jack Sprat: my kitchen gadget wish list - Times Online

....in these hard times, I suspect that the gadget of the year is that fantastic, self-powering device that turns kitchen food waste into delicious, chef-ready protein in a handy capsule. It's the chicken. Less than £10 for a good layer, lives in the garden, great talking point.

Naughty Boy Jack - Defra, UK - Animal health and welfare - Animal by-products - composting - Q&A

Under the UK Animal By-Products Order 1999 (as amended) it is illegal to allow livestock or wild birds access to catering waste which contained meat or products of animal origin, or which came from a premises handling meat or products of animal origin.

Catering waste is defined in the EU Regulation as ‘all waste food including used cooking oil originating in restaurants, catering facilities and kitchens, including central kitchens and household kitchens.’ This definition also includes catering waste from vegetarian restaurants and kitchens. The Regulation does not make a distinction for catering waste which is only vegetable matter...

...If you keep poultry, you may compost your kitchen scraps at home, but you must do so in an enclosed container.

Don't blame me that you can't feed you chickens scraps - it is an EU law and we all know that they don't do such things on the continent..

Comments

The guidance you provide links to composting but If one searches around the Defra website for an hour or so and discovers the magic phrase "catering waste", this leaflet appears:
http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/by-prods/pdf/swill-leaflet.pdf
So there you are. The FMD and classic swine fever outbreaks are now "believed" to have been caused by contaminated food from takeaways and not cuts in the State Vetinary Service's ability to monitor livestock.

And "former foodstuffs", ie past it's best before date are also verboten:
http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/by-prods/wastefood/formerfoodstuffs.htm
However, if material such as vegetables, pastry, crisps or sweets is to be fed to livestock, it should originate from premises where no meat or most other products of animal origin are handled and may not come from any kitchen or restaurant. However, there are some circumstances where, providing premises e.g. bakers, supermarkets, crisps manufacturers, confectioners (but not from kitchens and restaurants) are able to demonstrate that they have Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) procedures in place to ensure that there is no possibility of the material intended to be fed to livestock being contaminated by meat or most other products of animal origin, it may be acceptable for the material to originate on the same premises (but not from vegetarian catering facilities). In such cases, operators are advised to ensure that their local authority is content that their separation procedures are adequate.

Milk and milk based products and biscuits, bakery waste, pasta, chocolate, sweet and similar products contain ingredients, such as rennet or melted fat, milk or eggs, which have been incorporated in those products but which are not the main ingredient can be fed to livestock. Adequate measures must be in place to ensure against cross contamination by meat and other products of animal origin.

By such means NuLabour and the EU makes Britain safe for traveller sites.

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