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Animal Products

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animal by-product plants were approved in each of the last three years. (210045)

The following table shows the number of animal by-product plants approved in the last two financial years:

Number of plants approved

2006-071

1,095

2007-081

1,084

1 Financial year April to March

Animal Health (AH) have an approval period of two years, then plants are re-approved. As a result no figures are available for more than two years ago, as those plants will either have been re-approved or are no longer operating. The AH re-approval overwrites the original dates, making it impossible to distinguish between new and re-approved plants.