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Tallow Ban Will Add 310 A Carcass To Red Meat Costs

by 5m Editor
21 April 2006, at 12:00am

UK - The British red meat industry is facing extra costs of 310 a carcass after DEFRA's decision to ban the use of animal tallow as fuel in rendering plants.

Livestock farmers will shoulder most of the costs.

DEFRA has warned abattoirs and processors they must comply with the regulations that came into force in December, or face the loss of government contracts such as the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme.

The United Kingdom Renderers' Association said it would continue to appeal against the decision, estimating the industry will face a bill of £30m-£50m.

A spokesman for Anglo Beef Processors said: "ABP is outraged at this decision, which will cost the industry £10 an animal and have a serious impact on farmers.

Export market

"We would remind Mrs Beckett that this equates to 4p/kg - not incurred by Irish, French, Dutch or other European counterparts at a time when we are being asked to reopen the export market.

Source: FWi

5m Editor