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Disposal of Culled Animals, Food Waste and Risk Material


Regulation on three major areas regarding animal by-products contributes to the prevention and control of animal disease in Denmark. The regulation is described below. The present regulation on the area – Council Regulation No 1774/2002 - is called the By-product Regulation and has been applied in Denmark since 1 May 2003. A new regulation – Council Regulation No 1069/2009 - will apply from 4 March 2011. See link to both regulations on the left.

General disposal of animal by-products
The By-product Regulation contains detailed rules regarding the handling, collection, treatment and use or disposal of animal by-products not intended for human consumption. The regulation divides the by-products into 3 categories with category 1 being associated with the highest risk and category 3 with the lowest. The categorisation of a specific by-product determines how the by-product may be used or disposed of. To read more, use the link 'Animal By-products' on the left.

Fallen stock and culled animals
All fallen stock and culled animals are collected by a rendering company and brought to the relevant processing plant. Fallen ruminants and culled ruminants suffering from a contagious animal disease are classified as category 1 material and are transported to a category 1 processing plant in Denmark. Here, it is processed using pressure sterilisation, and the meat- and bone-meal produced is used as CO-fuel and incinerated in the cement industry at 1200°C. Fallen swine, poultry or other non-ruminants and culled non-ruminants suffering from a contagious animal disease are classified as category 2 material and are transported to a category 2 processing plant. Here, it is processed by pressure sterilisation, and the remains are used as CO-fuel and incinerated or used in bio-gas plants.

Feeding with animal by-products
According to the By-product Regulation, it is prohibited to feed animals with processed animal proteins made of their own species. According to the TSE-regulation, a feed ban restricts feeding of farmed animals with animal protein. (link til tabel). See link to the TSE-regulation on the left.

Disposal of food waste
Catering waste from means of transport operation internationally is collected separately and incinerated. To prevent illegal use of food waste as feedstuff, the public control in retail shops, restaurants etc. is focusing on how waste disposal is managed.


Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 laying down health rules concerning animal by-products not intended for human consumption

Last Modified 24. November 2015