UK will stop selling cat food containing pet rabbits, a minister has said.
Key points:The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned that pet rabbit diets are not suitable for catsFoods containing cat or dog protein are banned in the UK and other EU countriesFoods that contain rabbit protein are to be banned in 2017 and 2018 in the US, UK and the Republic of IrelandFoods labelled “rabbit-friendly” can now be sold in the United States and UK, but must also meet the FSA’s strict strict standardsFoods can be made without the use of animal by-products, but some are labelled “safe”Foods with a low animal content will not be allowed to be sold to cats or dogs in the futureFoods must be labelled “free of by-product” and must be made with a minimum of 0.8% by-meat.
The government will ban pet rabbit-foods containing pet rabbit protein in the U.K. and in the EU, while making it easier for producers to produce food with this protein.
“This is a decision that I’m proud of,” Food Secretary Michael Gove said.
We know that our rabbit population is increasing and that the pet food industry is not doing enough to reduce the impact on their livelihoods and on their pets.””
We need to ensure that all our rabbit meat products meet the same standards that we expect of food made from any other animal.”
We know that our rabbit population is increasing and that the pet food industry is not doing enough to reduce the impact on their livelihoods and on their pets.
“The Food Protection Agency (FPOA) said in a statement that cat and dog protein had a low level of by meat in the pet diet and that it should not be used for food products.”
These products can be produced with a high content of by food and therefore should be labelled ‘safe’,” the statement said.
But the FSA said that the levels of by product were so low in the cat diet that they should not affect the safety of the product.”
All by-food ingredients are considered to be safe when they are in the same proportion as the by-origin feed they are derived from,” it said.
The FSA also said that cat food that had no by-content of by protein would still meet the EU’s strict standards for pet food.”
Products with no by product of rabbit-specific protein may be made, however, and it is not possible for consumers to make pet food without using animal by product.”‘
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