APHA issues warning about feeding post-Halloween pumpkins to pigs

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has issued a warning to all pig keepers about feeding leftover pumpkins to pigs. 

In a series of messages on Twitter, APHA said: “The ban on feeding kitchen waste to livestock was introduced after the devastation of foot & mouth disease – the most likely cause of the 2001 outbreak was catering waste being fed to #Pigs.

“Pumpkins can only be fed to livestock if they have NEVER entered a kitchen & the carving utensils have never been in contact with products of animal origin. This is to help prevent diseases like #AfricanSwineFever.

“Veg from your kitchen may be cross contaminated by infected meat & risks spreading animal diseases.”

“Leftover #Halloween #Pumpkins? Unless they were not carved in your house & were carved using utensils that have never entered your kitchen please don’t feed them to your #Pigs. Make #PumpkinSoup or #Compost them to feed your garden. #AfricanSwineFever”

You read more about what you can and can’t feed pigs HERE

The message was reinforced by pig vet Duncan Berkshire on Twitter, who added: “Please spread this information far and wide – many people still think that this is okay and that pigs can eat waste food scraps. Feeding pigs food from any kitchen is illegal, and with good reason… #pigs @SaveGBBacon”

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