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Animal Nutrition & Veterinary Medicines Section of Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed

This update provides information about the meeting of the Animal Nutrition & Veterinary Medicines (ANVM) Section of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF)

Meeting schedule

The next meeting is scheduled for 15-16 December 2016. Future meetings will generally be held on alternative months, with the first meeting of the New Year anticipated for February 2017.

Feed additives

The Committee voted on an amendment to six Commission proposals relating to feed additive legislation. These are summarised in the table below. Votes on formaldehyde and L-lysine sulphate were deferred, with no further discussion. Progress was made on a further 11 additive applications.

A revised draft regulation on the partial suspension of ethoxyquin was presented. Revisions included an expanded text on the rationale to maintain the use for certain feedstuffs in the Catalogue of feed materials (Ch.10 and 7.1.2. for dried algae) and specific vitamins and carotenoids. A further request for the inclusion of other forms of algae was rejected.

Agenda item Additive

Authorisation type

Other legislation:
Change of name holder of authorisation of Pediococcus acidilactici and Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Modification of authorisation All in favour
Other legislation:
Amendment to Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 for the determination of levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls
Amending Regulation All in favour
SANTE_10669 2016​
Sensory Additive:
Re-authorisation All in favour
Sensory Additive:
Dry grape extract of Vitis vinifera spp. vinifera
Re-authorisation All in favour
SANTE_10888 2016​
Technological Additive:
Preparations of Lactobacillus plantarum (DSM 29025) and of Lactobacillus plantaran (NCIMB 42150)
New authorisation All in favour
Nutritional Additive:
copper(I) oxide
New authorisation QMV in favour

* QMV – qualified majority vote (not unanimous)

A revised proposal on development of new feed additive functional groups was generally well received, with a preference to maintain simplified entries; such as ‘other technological additives’ and ‘for use of additives in water’. This is still very much a work in progress.

Revision to Regulation No 429/2008 on feed additive authorisation applications focused on developing a harmonised definition of terminology for species groups (i.e. sub-species) to better align with EFSA output definitions. This too is at an early stage of amendment.

Near final discussions were held on the third amendment of the EU catalogue of animal feed, and is anticipated to go to vote in coming months.

Discussions on Annexes IV, VI and VII of Regulation No. 767/2009 are at an advanced stage, with final comments requested from Member States. This also is anticipated to be voted on in coming months.

Commission received feedback from Member States and industry on the draft regulation concerning non-authorised additives intended for export. Commission clarified the requirement to ensure minimisation of cross-contamination between production runs, rather than the current text interpreted as requiring separate production lines for non-authorised additives. Discussions extended to transportation, storage, labelling and notification requirements.

Time constraints resulted in brief or no discussion on the following documents:

  • the withdrawal from the market of certain feed additives as per Annex II Regulation No.1831/2003
  • the Code of good labelling practice for pet food (FEDIAF)
  • a guidance document for use of former foodstuffs as feed
  • the EU Guide to good practice for the industrial manufacture of safe feed materials for the oleochemical sector
  • Regulation (EC) No.183/2005 laying down requirements for feed hygiene, for example, 

Feed products for particular nutritional purposes (PARNUTs)

Brief discussions on dietetic feeds (PARNUTs) indicated that additional information requests were made on two applications and the evaluations on the following two applications had been completed:

  • Support of liver function in the case of chronic liver insufficiency (for dogs and cats).
  • Reduction of the risk of fatty liver syndrome

Undesirable substances

Commission indicated that a draft Recommendation on the levels of nitrites and nitrates in feed would be drawn up following brief discussion on a skeleton framework developed by the Commission. In parallel, progression will be made for an amendment on the entry for nitrites (inter alia) within Directive 2002/32/EC. Other undesirable substances to be amended or entered into this Directive include melamine in feed, dioxins & PCBs in fish, mercury in fish and lead in di copper oxide.

EFSA has recently published an Opinion on erucic acid in food and feed (EFSA No.4593, 2016). Erucic acid is a naturally occurring compound, which can be found in high concentrations in seeds of the Brassicaceae species (e.g. rape seed or mustard seed) and at lower levels in other crops. EFSA provided findings on carry-over from feed into food products and potential human health impacts.

Further information

SCoPAFF is a European Commission regulatory committee that was established by Regulation 178/2002, a regulation that includes the laying down of principles and requirements of feed law. Meetings of the committee are chaired by European Commission officials, and attended by member states' representatives.

The Committee can give an opinion, that is to say a vote, on certain proposed measures, prior to their possible adoption by the Commission.