Feeding Food Waste To Pigs Could Lead To Next FMD Epidemic, Says NPA

05-09-13(2)picActivists that want to see an end to the ban on feeding food waste to pigs could be sending conflicting messages to pig owners, says the national pig association.

In Britain and throughout the European Union it is illegal to feed raw or cooked catering waste to pigs, including waste from household kitchens. It carries a penalty of up to two years in jail because it risks introducing costly and damaging disease epidemics to Britain.

The 2001 foot-and-mouth epidemic was caused by feeding inadequately treated catering waste to pigs.

It took nine months to bring under control, during which time 10m pigs, sheep and cattle were slaughtered, and it cost the country £8bn.

NPA’s newly-launched Don’t Kill Me With Kindness campaign explains that feeding kitchen and catering waste risks introducing costly and damaging disease epidemics to Britain.

Zoe Davies, NPA – “Whilst NPA understands why people may think feeding food waste makes perfect sense, we want everyone who keeps pigs to follow the law to the letter because we feel that the stakes are too high”

It is permissible to feed pigs fruit and vegetables direct from the garden or allotment, but feeding waste from the kitchen is illegal — even raw or cooked left-over vegetables, as these may have come into contact with raw or cooked meats, according to the NPA.

“Whilst NPA understands why people may think feeding food waste makes perfect sense, we want everyone who keeps pigs to follow the law to the letter because we feel that the stakes are too high,” said NPA general manager Dr. Zoe Davies.

“Pig-keepers are responsible members of society and we think there is more chance they will obey the law scrupulously if we explain the reasons for not feeding any kitchen waste — and that’s what our campaign seeks to do.”

To any pig-keepers who are convinced that their particular kitchen waste is safe, NPA warns, “You cannot be completely confident no cross contamination has taken place, so please just willingly obey the law.”

 

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