EFFPA calls for clearer co-product definition

The European Former Foodstuff Processors Association (EFFPA) contributed to the high level conference organised by the European Commission at EXPO Milano this week to identify ways to reduce food waste across the EU.

EFFPA president Paul Featherstone, managing director of the SugaRich business in the UK, estimates that former foodstuff processors already prevent some 3.5 million tonnes of food chain losses from going to waste by processing foodstuffs no longer suitable for human consumption into feed for food-producing animals.

“It may surprise people, but energy-rich former foodstuffs like biscuits, chocolates and confectionary are highly valued resources in animal feed manufacturing,” he says.”  In fact, our end-product can be used as an alternative to cereal grains, thereby reducing the dependence on land-requiring raw materials, and thus the environmental footprint of foodstuffs of animal origin.”

EFFPA used the conference to call upon EU policy makers to clarify the regulatory framework for former foodstuff processors through the planned proposal on the circular economy, particularly by making it clear that former foodstuffs are co-products, not legal wastes. Former foodstuffs must be in full compliance with EU feed safety requirements as well as the General Food Law’s demands as regards traceability to become eligible for feed use.

“It is clear that the safe use of former foodstuffs in animal feed contributes to a more sustainable food chain and should unambiguously be encouraged,” stresses Mr Featherstone. “Our innovation-driven, non-subsidised industry could still double in production within the EU with the right regulatory guidance.”