New animal feed ban to combat mad cow

November 13, 2001 AAP
SYDNEY The NSW government has enacted new animal feed laws in a bid to combat the threat of mad cow disease.

It has been illegal to feed mammal-based foods to cattle, deer, goats and sheep since 1998.

NSW Agriculture Minister Richard Amery today said the ban would now extend to poultry and fish-based meals.

"These new restrictions ... mean that the feeding of all animal products to ruminant (cloven-hoofed) animals is illegal," he said.

Mr Amery said the practice of feeding animal materials to ruminants was implicated as a cause of outbreaks of mad cow disease in Europe.

Australia is one of only 16 countries assessed by the European Union as having the lowest possible risk of exposure to mad cow disease.

The new restrictions have been endorsed by all state governments.

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