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Livestock: Waste Disposal

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to facilitate the use of bio-digestion as a method of disposal of fallen stock. (269320)

Under the EU animal by-products regulation bio-digestion is not a permitted route for disposal of fallen stock. However, the regulation does provide for alternative methods of disposal to be approved following a positive opinion as to their safe use as a disposal route by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Research is currently ongoing on possible use of bioreducer systems and anaerobic digestion as a means of containing and treating fallen stock prior to their final disposal by rendering or incineration. The Government support such research and will help facilitate the submission of well founded cases to EFSA for consideration as approved alternative methods for containment of fallen stock.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to introduce on-farm storage of fallen stock. (269324)

The EU animal by-products regulation requires fallen stock to be disposed of without undue delay. Pending collection for disposal, carcases should be held in such a way that domestic animals (including farmed livestock) and wild animals cannot gain access to them. In practice, it would be reasonable to expect them to be held securely, such as in an enclosed building, or an area away from livestock under a suitable cover, such as a tarpaulin. For the future, the Government support research into bioreducer systems which, if accepted as an alternative method of containment for fallen stock under the above regulation, may make it possible to contain and treat fallen stock on farm safely for a longer period pending its eventual collection for disposal by rendering or incineration.