Evira published feed and fertilizer analysis results for first half of 2010


<p>Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira analysed almost 4 100 feed samples and some 320 fertilizer samples during the first half of 2010. Importing and marketing bans were imposed on 18 operators in the feed sector and on 13 operators in the fertilizer sector.</p>

Analysis results for the period 1 January – 30 June 2010 have been reported in Finnish in Evira's publication "Rehu- ja lannoitevalvonnan analyysitulokset 1/2010" (Analysis results in feed and fertilizer control 1/2010).

Rejected batches of feed were pet foods in most cases The most common reason for a batch of pet food being rejected was a salmonella finding. Salmonella was found in six market control samples. Other reasons for the rejection of pet food batches included major deviations from indicated nutrient levels and composition (5 lots) and the presence of live pests (2 lots).

Two feed batches imported to Finland during the first six months of 2010 tested positive for salmonella. The batches contained soy protein concentrate and soybean meal. Analyses carried out on control samples taken from domestically produced feed resulted in the rejection of two feed mixture batches intended for production animals. One was a batch of protein feed mixture for fur animals, which was found to contain salmonella, and the other was a feed mixture for horses in which the level of metal contaminants exceeded the permitted limit value.

Analysis results were completed on 4 063 feed samples during the first half of 2010. The total number of completed analyses was 5 845. Salmonella analyses accounted for 63 percent. A little under 4 percent of feed analysis results gave rise to annotations.

Fertilizer product bans based on metal contaminant levels and failure to provide prior notification The most common cause of bans imposed on batches of fertilizer products was a level of metal contaminants in excess of the permitted limit value (6 batches of fertilizers). All the batches banned due to metal contaminants were ashes designed for fertilizer use.

Pursuant to the Fertilizer Product Act, operators purchasing fertilizer products on the internal market shall submit a prior notification to Evira before the products arrive in Finland. Five batches of fertilizer products were banned from being placed on the market due to a failure to provide this prior notification, in other words the holding for the purposes of sale, offering for sale, marketing, distribution or brokering either free of charge or in return for a fee was banned.

Also, the placing on the market of two products marketed as fertilizer products was prohibited as analyses of product samples showed that the products were not suitable for use as fertilizers.

Analysis results were completed on 321 fertilizer product samples during the first half of 2010. The total number of completed fertilizer analyses was 2 181. In 12 percent of the cases the analysis results gave rise to annotations.

Control analysis results are published in six-month intervals Regulations pertaining to fertilizer products and feeds stipulate that results, which are relevant to the control of fertilizer products and feeds, shall be published in six-month intervals. Evira's publication 17/2010 also contains a comprehensive list of valid regulations regarding feeds and fertilizer products.

For more information, please contact:
Tarja Root, Section Head, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 25221 (feeds)
Arja Vuorinen, Section Head, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 25240 (fertilizer products)
Ossi Ala-Mantila, Senior Officer, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 25210 (publication)

The analysis results in feed and fertilizer control 1/2010 can be found (in Finnish) at Evira > Julkaisut > Eläimet > Rehu- ja lannoitevalvonnan analyysitulokset 1/2010 (pdf, 1,77 MB)

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