No to animal feed disclosure

THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice (ECJ) has struck down a European Union (EU) directive that requires manufacturers of compound animal feeding stuffs to indicate, at a customer's request, its exact composition.

In five linked cases, hearing three complaints against directive 2002/2 from 10 feed companies, (six from the UK), judges ruled this part of the law "invalid in the light of the principle of proportionality". They continued: "The obligation to provide customers with the exact indication of the ingredients of a feedingstuff impacts seriously on the economic interests of manufacturers, as it obliges them to disclose formulas for the composition of their products, at the risk of those products being used as models, possibly by those customers themselves". Judges said this rule "cannot be justified by the objective of protecting public health".