FEFAC urges prompt E.U. action following hormone scare

by Emily Wilson
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — The European compound feed industry has urged E.U. authorities to adopt "efficient measures" to prevent dangerous substances from entering the food chain, following the recent discovery of the banned hormone medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) in some E.U. animal feed and soft drinks.

"It is unacceptable that animal feed is still regarded as a cheap waste disposal system," FEFAC said. "It is alarming to note that a raw material as commonly used in feed and food as glucose syrup was adulterated by an operator being approved neither for food nor for feed production."

FEFAC called on E.U. authorities to propose "most rapidly" a harmonized regulation for feed hygiene. The regulation should be aimed at extending compulsory official approval to all feed material suppliers, FEFAC said.

The group also called on authorities to ensure that dangerous waste regulations be correctly implemented and reinforced.

The presence of the hormone, which can cause infertility in humans, has been linked to Bioland, a now bankrupt Belgian company that apparently supplied tainted glucose to manufacturers of foodstuffs and animal feed and to two soft-drink companies. E.U. investigators think Bioland was using pharmaceutical waste sold by an Irish company under circumstances that they are still trying to confirm.

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