The European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on 10 October after conciliation talks on new rules for labelling the ingredients of compound animal feed.
Under the agreement, mandatory labelling will show the exact percentage, by weight, of each ingredient in a sack of animal feed rather than in percentage bands. A margin of about 15 per cent is allowed for the percentage recorded on the label, but manufacturers have to supply farmers with the precise figure, excluding any margin of error, if asked. This tolerance level will be reviewed three years after the directive is implemented under national legislation in the Member States.
Parliament and Council also agreed that the Commission would issue a proposal, on the basis of a feasibility study, for a legally binding ‘positive list’ of authorised feed materials, by 31 December 2002.