Food Law News - EU - 2008

Council Press Release, 20 October 2008

HORMONES - Council adopts provisions on use of hormonal substances in stockfarming

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Environment Council meeting on 20 October 2008.

The Council adopted a Directive concerning the prohibition on the use in stockfarming of certain substances having a hormonal or thyrostatic action and of beta-agonists (3667/08).

The Directive, agreed at first reading with the European Parliament, definitively prohibits the administration of oestradiol 17 B to any animal in order to guarantee the highest level of health protection and authorises the use of stilbenes, stilbene derivatives, their salts and esters or of thyrostatic substances for pet animals on animal welfare grounds.

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