BEIRUT: The Agriculture Ministry Tuesday issued regulations allowing the manufacturing of meat and bone meal from animal origin for export only, the National News Agency reported.
Caretaker Agriculture Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan ruled that such products could be made from the edible waste generated by livestock and poultry slaughterhouses, provided that the meat would not be used or sold in Lebanon.
The ministry also allowed the manufacturing, use and import of fish meal and animal proteins extracted from milk for fodder.
The Agriculture Ministry’s decision comes despite theories that people can contract the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease – the human version of the mad cow disease – by consuming material from animals infected with the disease.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 12, 2014, on page 4.