Feeding pigs with food waste containing meat or milk products*, or food waste that has been in contact with these products (swill), has been identified as the greatest risk for introduction of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to Australia.
For this reason regulations have been implemented to prevent the feeding of these types of food waste and it is illegal to feed swill to pigs under the Livestock Disease Act 1994 .
There is no restriction on feeding these products to poultry. Green feed (lettuce, cabbage etc.) is permitted to be fed to pigs, provided it is has not been in contact with meat, milk products or unprocessed cooking oil.
If a food outlet is supplying food waste containing meat or milk products to a livestock producer, school or to staff, or any other person, for feeding to pigs, cattle, sheep and goats, or if unknown, it should be reported to the Department of Economic Development, Jobs,Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) using this form.