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PR(09)91: Iceland fails to implement Directive on animal feed to reduce the risk of milk fever in dairy cows


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to send a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to implement Directive 2008/38/EC on animal feed for particular nutritional purposes.[1]

Feed for particular nutritional requirements, so called “dietetic feed”, is intended to satisfy specific nutritional requirements of certain pets or livestock. Only dietetic feed which is listed in the Directive can be put on the market.  The Directive includes rules on the use of certain substances to reduce the risk of milk fever in dairy cows.

Iceland was to bring the measures necessary to ensure implementation of the Act into force no later than 6 February 2009.

Delivering a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority may decide to bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to take satisfactory measures within two months of receiving the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:

Ms Helen Pope
Senior Officer
Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 38

 Brussels, 16 December 2009



[1] Commission Directive 2008/38/EC of 5 March 2008 establishing a list of intended uses of animal feedingstuffs for particular nutritional purposes (Codified version)

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