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Meat-based animal feed to be banned from January

Meat-based animal feed must be incinerated from January 1


The government is to bring forward a ban on meat-based animal feed to January 1, in a bid to rid the country of mad cow disease, or BSE.

Announcing the move on Wednesday, the government said it would implement the ban three months earlier than planned. It said strict new measures would also be put in place to ensure compliance.

The ban prohibits the feeding of meat-based animal feed to livestock, and stipulates that all meat and bone meal and animal fats must be incinerated. Producers are also forbidden to export or import such feed.

The ban extends to the feeding of fish meal to ruminants.

One exception is the feeding of meat and bone meal in liquid form to pigs.

A spokesman for the federal veterinary office, Hans Wyss, said it was not yet clear how much it would cost to incinerate the feed, but that three-quarters of the cost would be borne by the government.

He added that the veterinary office would "implementing a monitoring procedure with the cantons over the coming months".

The ban follows a similar decision by the European Union in an effort to restore public confidence in beef.

swissinfo with agencies

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