Animal waste categorisation

Animal by-products (ABPs) are divided into 3 categories, based on the risks they pose.

Category 1 ABPs – are classed as high risk.

  • Carcasses and body parts from zoo and circus animals or pets
  • Animals used in experiments
  • International catering waste
  • Animals that are contaminated due to illegal treatments
  • Wild animals suspected of being infected with a disease that humans or animals could contract carcasses and body parts from zoo and circus animals or pets
  • Carcasses and all body parts of animals suspected of being infected with TSE (transmissible spongiform encephalopathy)
  • Body parts that pose a particular disease risk

Category 2 ABPs – are classed as high risk.

  • Digestive tract content
  • Manure
  • Dead livestock carcasses
  • Poultry that is un hatched and has died in its shell
  • Animals killed for disease control purposes
  • Carcasses containing residues from authorised treatments

Category 3 ABPs – are classed as low risk.

  • Aquatic animals, aquatic/invertebrates
  • Products or foods of animal origin meant for human consumption but withdrawn for commercial reasons
  • Domestic catering waste
  • Carcasses or body parts passed fit for humans to eat, at a slaughterhouse
  • Eggs, egg by-products, hatchery by-products and eggshells
  • Shells from shellfish with soft tissue
  • Hides and skins from slaughterhouses
  • Animal hides, skins, hooves, feathers, wool, horns, and hair that had no signs of infectious disease at death

Processed animal proteins (PAP) are animal proteins processed from any Category 3 ABP except:

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