Animal Products: Waste Disposal

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of category 1 waste was produced by abattoirs in the UK in each of the last three years.

Photo of David Heath David Heath The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The keeping of records of quantities of each category of animal by-product despatched from an establishment is the responsibility of the individual Food Business Operator (FBO). Food Standards Agency (FSA) staff monitor the FBO's compliance with the requirements of the Animal By-Products Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 but there is no requirement for the FSA to maintain records of everything that leaves the premises.

While the FSA does monitor quantities of specified risk material produced in bovine and ovine slaughterhouses at a local level, this information is used to determine frequency of inspections and is not held centrally.

There are no specific Category 2 rendering plants now in the UK meaning that all waste leaving plants is either Category 1 or Category 3. Category 1 material is therefore likely to contain Category 2 by-products that cannot be included in Category 3 collection systems.

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