What is wrong with feeding animal by-products?

What is wrong with feeding animal by-products?.

It all depends who you ask, as they all have a saying in this case: the animal, the producer, the renderer, the consumer. I am going to prepare a detailed article on this topic, but let me say briefly that it is consumers who run the highest risk in this issue, namely their health.

It is true; nobody wants to pay more than they have to for their food, but at the same time we all want to make sure this food is not going to kill us. And, in my opinion, this is the root of the whole issue. Taking a consumer’s point of view, we are faced with such media-enhanced freak stories as mad-cow disease, toxins in milk, and Salmonella in eggs and meat. It is no wonder some consumers might start to believe it would be best to convert pigs and poultry to vegetarians (a paradox for people who are going to consume animal products).

But, is this the correct solution? I think not.

Instead, I think we must work harder and invest heavily towards enhancing the quality control and safety of animal by-products, starting from farm level, bringing up the pressure at the slaughterhouse, and then doing the utmost possible during rendering and storage. In my opinion, a ban is never as effective as finding the correct way to resolve an issue by providing viable alternatives and restricting usage to correct applications. We cannot ban humans from consuming peanuts because they might be a source of mycotoxins as much as we cannot ban cereals from animal diets for the very same reason. We did not ban all antibiotics in animal farming, but we restricted their use to therapy, whereas we found viable alternatives for growth promotion. We should work along similar principles when it comes to animal by-products.

About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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