The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) has authorized organic pig and poultry farms to use 5% of conventional feed for a maximum period of twelve months due to the lack of organic protein foods after the war in Ukraine.

In a resolution published this Friday by the Official State Gazette (BOE), the MAPA recognizes as a “catastrophic circumstance for the purposes of European organic production regulations”, the negative impact on Spain of the invasion of Ukraine in relation to the lack availability of organic protein feed.

This temporary measure has the endorsement of the Organic Production Coordination Table (Mecoeco) and has been submitted for consultation to the Services of the AGRI B4 Unit of the European Commission, according to the regulations.

“The competent authorities of the autonomous communities may authorize certain operators to use up to 5% of non-organic protein feed in the feeding of older pigs and poultry,” says the resolution.

It adds that “the individual authorization for each operator will be for a limited period not exceeding twelve months, and will be suspended to the extent that it is verified that organic protein feed is again available in sufficient quantity.”

It informs that the measure will be applied retroactively as of August 30, 2022 and that it will be subject to the decisions adopted within Mecoeco.

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