Contaminated animal feed

Other Names:
Addition of sewage sludge to animal feed
Animal or human waste may be fed to domestic animals, causing their contamination.

For the authorities of some countries, the products of the physical separation stages (primary and secondary stages) of waste water treatment operations do not represent sewage sludge (an illegal additive in many countries), but rather animal waste that can be used in animal feed.

The EU has been investigating the use of septic sludge in the Netherlands, at two slaughter house facilities where sludge is known to have been used (6/99). In France it has been discovered that industrial sewage has been sold to animal feed additive producers at the beginning of 1999. Tests identified three slaughter houses and a gelatine manufacturer who was using sludge from the local water purification centre. A Belgian animal waste-processing plant has been routinely mixing 5,000 tonnes of animal slurry a year into feed. This additive is not considered sludge.
Counter Claim:
There is no danger to public health as the heating to 133 degrees celsius kills any germs, and the waste involved came from animals fit for consumption.
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 15: Life on Land
Date of last update
30.11.1999 – 00:00 CET