The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) warned farmers and smallholders to avoid feeding pigs and poultry with catering or kitchen waste.
It is actually illegal in the United Kingdom to feed catering waste, kitchen scraps, meat or meat products to farmed animals. This is to prevent the introduction and spread of potentially devastating animal diseases like African and Classical Swine Fever as well as Foot and Mouth disease.
UK’s catering waste ban acts as a national barrier to the introduction of potentially devastating animal diseases, and helps reduce the spread of an undetected disease once it has entered the country.
Undercooked catering waste being fed to pigs was believed to be the source of the Foot and Mouth disease outbreak in 2001, which resulted in the destruction of more than 10 million cattle and sheep.
Catering waste means all waste food originating in restaurants, catering facilities and household kitchens. Due to the risk of cross contamination, this includes vegetarian kitchens, where products of animal origin such as milk are used in food preparation.
“It is important that farmers and smallholders help safeguard the health and welfare of their animals by not feeding them with meat, meat products or any waste from kitchens,” said APHA’s Veterinary Director Simon Hall.
“They should also ensure that farmed animals do not have access to catering waste from any other sources, such as dustbins.”