Friday, 17 January 2014

New Eu Rules on the Selling of Mealworms for Poultry

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed, while trying to purchase some of the delicious range of Natures Grubs Treats for your poultry pals, a small message and a link to our garden birds section. I thought i'd write up a small blog just to explain what is happening so you can explain it to your girls and we can avoid a nationwide egg laying strike. Always a terrifying possibility.

It started with one of those new EU rule thingys, which states;

Dried Crustaceans, such as river shrimp and dried terrestrial invertebrates, such as mealworms, are usually imported into the UK in accordance with Annex XIV, Chapter IV, Section 2 of Regulation (EU) No 142/2001, "the competent authority may authorise the importation of certain materials for purposes other than feeding to farmed land animals (except for feeding to fur animals) provided there in no unacceptable risk for the transmission of disease communicable to humans or animals".

Pretty straight forward...I think...

The problem is our beloved, cute, companionable chickens are classified as farmed land animals. What you feed your chickens is of course up to you, but what this means is that it is now illegal for us to "market" or sell anything that contains mealworms or insects as being FOR chickens. Natures Grub  has gone through a re-branding exercise and all of their delicious treats are still available as they were from the Garden Bird section of our website, but cannot now be bought from our chicken feeds section.

I hope this has been helpful for those of you who have been wondering what is going on. Bearing in mind that we all have our own views on EU Regulations, if you have any comments please leave them below or any questions please contact us on 01300 345229.

Thanks for Reading

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