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Last modified: December 12, 2017

Animal By-Products (ABP) Legislation

On November 14, 2009, the EU published the Animal By-Products (ABP) Regulation 1069/2009 in the Official Journal L 300, repealing Regulation 1774/2002.  Commission Regulation 142/2011, published on February 25, 2011, outlines the rules for the implementation of the ABP Regulation, which entered into force on March 4, 2011.  This regulation lays out the EU health rules for animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption.  It covers uses of animal by-products for technical purposes and for the production of feed and pet food.  The ABP regulation as well as the Transposable Spongiform Encephalitis (TSE) regulation are major components of the EU’s strategy to eradicate feed-borne crises such as BSE, foot-and-mouth disease and dioxin contamination.  The ABP regulation stipulates that only materials declared fit for human consumption following veterinary inspection (defined as “category 3” materials in the regulation) may be used in the production of feed and petfood.  Provisions include a ban on intra-species recycling and fallen stock and restrictions on catering waste.

The ABP regulation also establishes requirements for the import and transit of animal by-products from third countries.  U.S. animal by-products exports to the EU must be accompanied by export certificates issued by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), prior to the date of export.  An overview of required certificates is available http://www.usda-eu.org/trade-with-the-eu/eu-import-rules/certification/.

For more information please contact APHIS:

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
National Center for Import and Export
Veterinary Services
Riverdale, Maryland
Phone 301-734-3278
Fax 301-734-0571

U.S. Mission to the EU
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Brussels, Belgium
Xavier Mennig
E-mail: Xavier.Mennig@aphis.usda.gov
Phone 32-(0)2-811-4747
Fax 32-(0)2-811-5560