Feed and fertiliser product control sample results published for second half of 2010


<p>Analysis results have been completed for ca. 6,000 feed samples and 190 fertiliser product samples, for the second half of 2010. On the basis of the results, the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira banned the import, marketing or use of 22 batches of feed and 13 batches of fertiliser products.</p>

Control sample analysis results for the period 1 July – 31 December 2010 are reported in Evira’s publication ‘Feed and fertiliser control analysis results 2/2010'. The publication also contains a summary of control measures on genetically modified feed for 2010.

Salmonella the most common reason for banning batches of feed
The most common reason for banning batches of feed was salmonella. Samples of feed material delivered to Finland (three batches), control samples of domestic production (four batches) and market control samples of pet animal feed (four batches) were found to contain salmonella. Other reasons for bans included the presence of live pests, wild oat and enterobacteria in the analysed batches.

Analyses of a total of 6,010 feed samples were completed in the latter half of 2010. The total number of analyses completed came to almost 7,900. Of these, 69% were salmonella analyses. Of the feed analysis results, slightly over 3% resulted in notifications.

Control of genetically modified feed led to the identification of three samples in violation of legislation in 2010. Two feed products for production animals, and one organic cat food, were found to contain Roundup Ready (RR) soy above the labelling limit. Because the cat food was labelled as organically produced, a marketing ban was issued on the batch. In all three cases, the substance found was genetically modified RR soy, approved within the EU.

Harmful metal concentrations in ash the reason for ban
The most common reason for bans issued on fertiliser product batches was a harmful metal concentration above the permitted limit (five batches of fertiliser products). Except for one batch of compost, all of these banned batches contained ash intended for use in fertiliser products. Other reasons for bans included a concentration of Escherichia coli in excess of the permitted limit the product not meeting ripeness requirements or lacking a type designation, and lack of institutional approval, as required under fertiliser product legislation, of the product manufacturer.

Analysis results of a total of 191 fertiliser product samples were completed in the latter half of 2010, while a total of 1,051 fertiliser product analyses were performed. Of the analysis results, some 15% resulted in notifications.

Control analysis results published every six months
According to fertiliser product and feed legislation, results essential to fertiliser product and feed control must be published every six months. Evira’s publication 6/2011 also contains a comprehensive list of the legislation in force concerning feed and fertiliser products, as well as statistical data on production and import quantities of feed and fertiliser products in 2009 and 2010.

For more information, please contact:
Tarja Root, Head of Section, tel. +358 20 77 25221 (feed)
Tiina O’Toole, Senior Inspector, tel. +358 20 77 25228 (control of genetically modified feed)
Arja Vuorinen, Senior Inspector, tel. +358 20 77 25240 (fertiliser products)
Ossi Ala-Mantila, Senior Inspector, tel. +358 20 77 25210 (publication)

Feed and fertiliser product control analysis results 2/2010) Evira > Tilauspalvelu > Julkaisut > Eviran julkaisuja 2011 > Rehu- ja lannoitevalvonnan analyysitulokset 2/2010  (pdf, 2157 kt). Only the description can be read in English.

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