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Undesirable Substances in Feed

Directive (2002/32/EC) (pdf 202Kb)  is intended to control undesirable substances which can occur naturally in feedingstuffs, such as heavy metals, dioxins, toxic weed seeds, mycotoxins, etc. Since it is impossible to eliminate most of these substances from feedingstuffs, maximum permitted levels are fixed at a level which prevents adverse effects on animal or consumer health. The Regulation applies to all feeds fed to all animals, including pets and animals in the wild.

Where a feedingstuff contains an undesirable substance in excess of the maximum permitted level, it must be removed from the feed chain.

The Regulation also introduces a provision designed to reduce or eliminate certain sources of contamination. When the background level for an undesirable substance is exceeded Member States are required to investigate the cause of the contamination and take appropriate action. In order to ensure a harmonized approach between Member States, provision is made in the Regulation for the fixing of Action Thresholds in certain cases.

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