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EU animal by-products regulation: competent authority authorisations

The EU Animal By-Products Regulation allows member states to derogate from the basic framework of animal by-products controls in specified areas provided certain conditions are met. Some types of derogation are provided for directly in the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2013. Others will be the subject of an authorisation issued by the Scottish Ministers.

EU animal by-products regulation: competent authority authorisations
Application of animal by-products and derived products to land

B4: authorisation of the components for mixing with organic fertilisers or soil improvers

Dated: 24 January 2014

Authorisation B4

The Scottish Ministers for the Scottish Government, acting as the Competent Authority for Scotland in respect of the following EU Regulations:
  • Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009* of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 laying down health rules as regards animal byproducts and derived products not intended for human consumption and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 142/2011* of 25 February 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Authorisation of the components for mixing with organic fertilisers or soil improvers

In accordance with Article 32(1)(d) of Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 and Article 22(3) of Commission Regulation (EU) No 142/2011 the Scottish Ministers authorise, for operators registered under Article 23 of Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009, the following components to be used for mixing with organic fertilisers and soil improvers to be applied to land and which have been produced from:

  • meat and bone meal derived from Category 2 animal by-products 
  • processed animal protein derived from any Category 3 material except material referred to in Article 10(n), (o) and (p) of Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009

In accordance with the criteria set out in Points 2 and 3, Section I, Chapter II of Annex XI of Commission Regulation (EU) No 142/2011:

Components for dry products

1. Wood shavings (not bark chippings), subject to the following conditions:
(a) Wood shavings should be screened and filtered to remove large pieces of wood, foreign bodies and to remove dust
(b) The source wood should be from clean lumber and not pre-treated with paint or preservatives etc
(c) The product should not have a detrimental impact on the environment
(d) End-users should consider the impact on soil nitrogen levels of the product itself versus the nitrogen used up by decomposing wood shavings
(e) Minimum inclusion level >2% in final product

2. Limestone chips/grit/prills, subject to the following conditions:
(a) Must be 2-5 mm in diameter
(b) Minimum inclusion level > 2% in the final product

3. Inorganic fertiliser prills, subject to the following conditions:
(a) Must be 2-5 mm in diameter
(b) Minimum inclusion level > 2% in the final product

Components for liquid products

1. For all processed blood – hydrated lime (calcium dihydroxide solution in water) or 1-1.5% solutions of caustic soda to sufficient quantity to produce pH levels of 9-10 in the final product.

2. For organic fish meal suspension – Duramine blue FCF 250% diluted to a 2.5% stock solution (25 kg in 1000 litres of water), then 10 mls of this stock solution to be added per litre of the organic fishmeal suspension.

Note:

Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) will consider other materials for the use as a component, subject to the necessary acceptance criteria being met.  For further information please contact the Lead Veterinary Officer, National Feed Audit, AHVLA, Kendal Road, Harlescott, Shrewsbury, SY1 4HD (Telephone: 01785 231 900).

This authorisation applies in Scotland.

*Enforced in Scotland by the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2013