Letter: Farmers under fire

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The Independent Online
Sir: You state that "farmers will be banned from ... making pigs and poultry [eat] recycled wastes from their own species" ("Animal feed ban to curb new diseases", 18 December).

Farmers were as horrified as everyone else to learn what was in animal feed, but they were not to blame for its being there. Nowhere is "animal waste" listed as a constituent of commercially produced feeds. Agriculture lags behind in disclosure of what is actually in the product that the consumer buys.

The guilty parties are feed manufacturers who buy animal waste and the abattoirs that sell it to them. Farmers support all measures, including legislation, to clean up feedstuffs.