The European Commission has altered its proposals on animal feed ingredients for organic productions that would have hit organic poultry producers particularly hard.

The Commission had intended to require the organic poultry industry to grow particularly high levels of feed on farm; however, following lobbying, the Commission will allow producers to source feed without geographical restrictions. “The NFU has always been against these proposals as we knew they would have had a detrimental effect on the organic poultry sector, so we are delighted that the Commission has seen sense to make these essential changes," said Martin Humphrey, NFU poultry board and organic feed representative. “However, we are still concerned over proposed changes to the composition of organic feeds for mono-gastic animals and the timescales involved in the implementation of the changes to legislation. It is essential that any changes to organic feed do not jeopardize the welfare standards of organic poultry.”

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