Evira has published the results of the analysis of the control samples of feed and fertiliser products for the first half of 2009
In addition to the results of the analysis, the publication contains information on those product batches which Evira, based on the analyses, banned from being imported or marketed during the first half of 2009. Based on the samples, a total of 29 feed batches and 10 batches of fertiliser products were banned.
The most common reason for placing a ban on a batch of feed was the detection of salmonella (11 batches). Salmonella was detected in samples of feed material batches delivered to Finland and in market surveillance samples taken of pet feeds. Other reasons for the bans were for example that live pests or wild oats were detected in the analysed feed batches. In addition to the above mentioned bans, Evira banned the marketing of certain batches of poultry and pig feed mixes from the Rehuraisio Oy factory last spring due to salmonella contamination, and ordered the batches to be withdrawn from the market.
The grounds for the bans on the fertiliser products were a heavy metal content that exceeded the permitted level (five batches of ashes and one batch of inorganic multi-nutrition fertiliser product) and that the content of Escherichia coli exceeded the permitted level (three batches of organic soil improvers and one batch of soil mix).
During the first half of 2009, the results of the analyses of a total of 5 931 feed samples and 110 samples of fertiliser products were completed. The total amount of completed feed sample analyses was over 7 400. Of that figure 74 % were analyses for salmonella. About 3 % of the results of the feed analyses gave rise to a remark. The number of feed samples and the analyses performed on them was increased due to the salmonella contamination at a feed factory in the spring.
632 analyses of fertiliser product samples were completed. Almost 9 % of these analysed results gave rise to a remark.
According to the legislation on feed and fertiliser products, the results that are important for the controls of feed and fertiliser products have to be published every six months. Evira’s publication 10/2009 also contains a comprehensive list of the current legislation on feed and fertiliser products.
The results from the analysis on feed and fertiliser monitoring (in Finnish):
Evira.fi > Webshop > Publications > Eviran julkaisuja 2009 (pdf, 3,1 kB)
For more information, please contact:
Head of Section Sinikka Marmo, tel. +358 20 77 25202 (feed)
Head of Section Arja Vuorinen, tel. +358 20 77 25240 (fertiliser products)
Senior Officer Ossi Ala-Mantila, tel. +358 20 77 25210 (publication)