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Fish: Animal Feed

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether his Department has made an assessment of the effects on the economy of a ban on fishmeal in organic animal feeds; and if he will make a statement; (320843)

(2) what assessment has been made of the likelihood of increased fishmeal usage in organic animal feeds due to the reclassification of fish as a non-agricultural ingredient; and if he will make a statement;

(3) whether his Department has made an evaluation of the nutritional value of (a) organic animal feed and (b) animal feed containing fishmeal; and if he will make a statement.

We are aware that there is considerable concern in the industry about the practicality of complying with the requirement of EU rules for organic production that after 1 January 2012 organic pigs and poultry must be fed entirely on organically produced feed. We understand that providing a diet with a properly balanced protein content using wholly organically produced ingredients is a particular concern because of the difficulties with sourcing the correct protein ingredients for feed for organic pigs and poultry. DEFRA’s Advisory Committee on Organic Standards is investigating how this issue might be dealt with, including how the use of fishmeal might contribute to a solution to the problem.