Evira has published the results of the analysis of the control samples of feed and fertiliser products taken in the second half of 2008
In addition to the results of the analyses, the publication contains information on those product batches that, based on the analysed samples, Evira banned from importation or from being placed on the market during the second half of 2008. Based on the samples a total of 16 feed batches and 20 fertiliser product batches were banned.
The most common reason for placing a ban on a batch of feed was the detection of salmonella (11 batches). Salmonella was found in samples of feed material batches delivered to Finland, in control samples of fur animal feeds 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.
The most common ground for a ban on fertiliser products was that the level of heavy metals exceeded the permitted level (13 batches of fertiliser products). With the exception of four, the batches that were banned due to the level of heavy metals were ashes intended for fertiliser products. Other grounds for bans was that the number of Escherichia coli bacteria exceeded the permitted level, the minimum nutrient levels required were not reached and the omission of type name required by the act on fertiliser products from the product that the sample was representative of.
During the second half of 2008 the analyses of a total of 5 494 feed samples and 180 samples of fertiliser products were completed. The total amount of completed feed sample analyses was over 6 600. Of that figure 73 % were analyses for salmonella. About 2 % of the results of the feed analyses gave rise to a remark. 1 227 analyses of fertiliser product samples were completed. About 10 % of the results of these analyses gave rise to a remark.
In 2008, the feed monitoring found genetically modified soy exceeding the labelling threshold in two batches of feed for production animals. In both cases, the cause was discovered to be contaminated feed, either in production or during transport. There were no remarks on imported pet feeds.
According to the legislation on feed and fertiliser products, the results that are essential for the feed and fertiliser product monitoring have to be published every six months. Evira’s publication 5/2009 also contains a comprehensive list of the current legislation on feed and fertiliser products.
For more information, please contact:
Head of Section Sinikka Marmo, tel. +358 20 77 25202 (feed)
Senior Officer Tiina O’Toole, tel. +358 20 77 25228 (monitoring of genetically
modified material in feed)
Head of Section Arja Vuorinen, tel. +358 20 77 25240 (fertiliser products)
Senior Officer Ossi Ala-Mantila, tel. +358 20 77 25210 (publication)