Despina Papanikolaou is Veterinarian Hygienist and Head of Animal By-Product Department of Veterinary Public Health Directorate in Veterinary Services General Directorate at the Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food (MRDF). She studied the Veterinary Science at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has also two masters (M.Sc.), her first M.Sc. in Public Health from National School of Public Health of Athens and her second one in Waste Management from Hellenic Open University of Patras. Her main responsibilities at the Ministry are related to the European and national regulation in the management of animal by-products from the point of their production until their final use or disposal.
About the Keynote
The use of animal by-products in animal feeding: Prohibitions and restrictions
Animal by-products (ABPs) are originated from animals and are not consumed by people. Among ABPs are included, parts of slaughtered animals (skins, offal, blood, fat) and also former foods, such as milk, meat, eggs. In the EU, over 20 million tons of ABPs are produced every year. Depending on the source of the raw materials and the intended use, there are strict hygienic requirements to produce safe products. The use of ABPs in animal feed production is their best use, but restrictions and strict measures have to be taken to avoid spreading animal diseases or transmitting pathogens to human consumers through the food chain.