Removal of Restriction on Maleic Hydrazide-treated Potatoes Welcomed by AIC
The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) has welcomed a decision by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) to withdraw a specific provision to prevent potatoes treated with maleic hydrazide (MH), from being fed to livestock as good news for the livestock feed industry, agronomy businesses as well as potato producers, processors and packers. AIC is a trade association representing both plant protection product distributors as well as livestock feed manufacturers and distributors.
The move overturns a potential ban on using potatoes, and co-products from potatoes, which had been treated with MH, as a feed material for livestock. Now having reviewed data, the CRD has informed AIC that such a restriction in not appropriate.
“This is a really important move for both those who grow potatoes, those who pack and process them and for livestock farmers who value potatoes for stockfeed,” said Hazel Doonan, Head of AIC’s crop protection sector.
AIC worked together with its associate, UK Former Foodstuffs Processors Association and with other industry stakeholders to achieve this decision.
‘’AIC and UKFFPA have been pleased to be part of an effective industry stakeholder alliance which has contributed greatly to today’s positive outcome.’’ noted James McCulloch, head of Feed Sector at AIC
To avoid confusion in the marketplace, AIC is asking the approval holders to provide over-labels for MH stocks currently in store that carry the feeding restriction on their labels.