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JRC-IRMM contributes to improve Processed Animal Proteins measurements in Animal FEED

5 February, 2013

The use of processed animal proteins (PAPs), including meat and bone meal (MBM), in animal nutrition is forbidden in the European Union as a consequence of the BSE-crisis. In order to check animal feed for presence of PAPs/MBM different analytical techniques are routinely applied in all Member States. JRC-IRMM participated in a FP6 project entitled SAFEED-PAP which concerned detection of presence of species-specific processed animal proteins in animal feed. One of the deliverables of this project was a reference book covering different issues regarding the detection, identification and quantification of PAPs in feedingstuffs.

Published now with the title “Detection, Identification and Quantification of Processed Animal Proteins in Feeding stuffs”, the book, includes the contribution of the JRC-IRMM to four chapters. The contributions covered a discussion on the legislative aspects regarding the safe use of PAPs in animal nutrition, the possible routes for the production of reference materials as important prerequisite for method validation, and the state of the art of two analytical techniques for the detection of PAPs, namely Near Infrared Microscopy and Mass Spectrometry.

Notwithstanding, PAPs are still important feed materials for livestock, containing key nutrients such as essential amino acids and phosphorous. In addition, global shortage of these nutrients and addressing the requirements of food security makes safe re-use of PAPs in animal nutrition a commercially interesting option. Because of the use of PAPs being banned in the aftermath of the BSE crisis, the project aimed at the development of efficient tools, allowing the re-use of PAPs under safe circumstances. The results from this European research project could assist the Commission in evidence based policy making in this field.

Detection, Identification and Quantification of Processed Animal Proteins in Feeding stuffs (ISBN 978-28-75-51029-7)

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