New EU guidelines of importance for horticultural residuals

The European Commission has drawn up an action plan in 2015 to stimulate the development of the future circular economy, partly by recovering foodstuffs that are no longer intended for human consumption for various reasons, as raw materials for animal feed.

Implementation in practice has so far been proven to be more difficult by regulations. Hence the Commission has formulated 16 April some new guidelines that eliminate the legal obstacles as much as possible, without compromising food safety.

The guidelines should assist the national and local competent authorities and the operators in the food chain in applying the relevant Union legislation. The guidelines are of importance to the horticultural sector too, because they also apply to by-products from the food industry.

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