April 2019 update on the Animal Nutrition Section of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed

This update provides information about the meeting of the Animal Nutrition (AN) Section of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) held on 9-11 April 2019.

Meeting schedule

The next meeting is scheduled for 24-26 June 2019.

Feed additives

The Committee voted on eighteen Commission proposals relating to feed additive legislation; as summarised in the table below:

Agenda Item Additive(other legislation) Authorisation type Vote

B.01

SANTE/11065/2018

Zootechnical:

Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I‐ 1077 for dairy sheep and dairy goats and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 226/2007.

Renewal of authorisation

QMV in favour

B.02

SANTE/11066/2018

Zootechnical:

Muramidase from Trichoderma reesei DSM 32338 for chickens for fattening and minor poultry species for fattening.

New authorisation

QMV in favour

B.03

SANTE/11067/2018

Zootechnical:

Bacillus subtilis DSM 15544 for chickens for fattening and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 1444/2006.
Renewal of authorisation QMV in favour

B.04

SANTE/11068/2018

Zootechnical:

Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I‐ 4407 for lambs for fattening, minor dairy ruminants, horses and pigs for fattening and repealing Commission Regulations (EC) No 1447/2006, No 188/2007, No 232/2009, No 186/2007 and No 209/2008.
Renewal of authorisation QMV in favour

B.05

SANTE/10058/2019

Zootechnical:

Preparation of 3-phytase produced by Komagataella phaffii (CECT 13094) for chickens for fattening or reared for laying, laying hens and minor poultry species.
New authorisation QMV in favour

B.06

SANTE/10060/2019

Zootechnical:

Preparation of Bacillus licheniformis DSM 28710 for turkeys for fattening, turkeys reared for breeding and minor poultry species for fattening and reared for laying.
New authorisation QMV in favour

B.07

SANTE/10064/2019

Zootechnical:

Preparation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-1079 for suckling piglets, pigs for fattening and all minor porcine species.
New authorisation QMV in favour

B.08

SANTE/10066/2019

Zootechnical:

Lanthanum carbonate octahydrate for cats and repealing Regulation (EC) No 163/2008.
Renewal of authorisation QMV in favour

B.09

SANTE/11476/2018

Zootechnical:

Preparation of endo-1,4- beta-xylanase (EC 3.2.1.8) produced by Trichoderma reesei (BCCM/MUCL 49755) for chickens for fattening and weaned piglets.

*New/

Re-authorisation
QMV in favour

B.10

SANTE/12418/2015

Zootechnical:

Eugenol for chickens for fattening.
New authorisation

QMV in favour

B.11

SANTE/11646/2018

Nutritional:

L-threonine produced by Escherichia coli CGMCC 7.232 for all animal species
New authorisation

QMV in favour

B.12

SANTE/11645/2018

Nutritional:

Zinc chelate of methionine sulfate for all animal species.
New authorisation

QMV in favour

B.13

SANTE/10164/2017

Nutritional:

Organic form of selenium produced by Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-3060 and of selenomethionine produced by Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC R397 for all animal species and repealing Commission Regulations (EC) No 1750/2006 and No 634/2007.
Re-authorisation

QMV in favour

B.14

SANTE/12404/2015

Nutritional:

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) for all animal species.
Re-authorisation

QMV in favour

B.15

SANTE/11509/2019

Nutritional:

Amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1492 to increase the levels of vitamin D3 for salmonids.
Amending authorisation

QMV in favour

B.16

SANTE/11510/2019

Sensory:

Mercapto-p-menthan-3-one and p-menth -1-ene-8-thiol for all animal species.
Re-authorisation

QMV in favour

B.17

SANTE/11477/2018

Zootechnical:

Preparation of Lactobacillus hilgardii (CNCM I-4785) and Lactobacillus buchneri CNCM I- 4323/NCIMB 40788 for all animal species.
New authorisation

QMV in favour

B.18

SANTE/10719/2018

Other:

Commission Regulation amending and correcting Annex I to Directive 2002/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum levels for certain undesirable substances in animal feed.
Re-authorisation

QMV in favour

* Re-authorisation of existing application (1831/2003 Article 10(2)) with co-application for additional scope (Article 10(7))

 ** QMV = Qualified majority vote (Due to voting instructions not received by all Member States)

Thirty-one other feed additive applications were briefly discussed, with the usual refinements on conditions of use. Due to the condensed meeting and large agenda, the majority of feed additive applications were sped through with the usual progression or requests for supplementary information. However; of note, discussions held on:

  • Cassia gum as a gelling agent, particularly important for the pet food sector. Discussion continued on concerns of genotoxic potential of feed-grade cassia gum and preference to allow substitution for the purified food-grade form.
  • Only one application remains for the authorisation of vitamin B12, produced by fermentation of a GM strain.
  • Discussion on preservative feed additives focused on the acceptability of products on the market as hygiene condition enhancers which include multiple organic acids authorised as preservatives, whilst only formic acid is permitted for this particular decontamination function.

A final call for Member State feedback on the proposed re-classification of feed additives now deemed out of scope (e.g. to be re-classified as feed materials) with the next step for the legal withdrawal of such feed additive entries.

A presentation was given to the Committee on an upcoming publication for the taxonomic reclassification of Lactobacilli which will have an impact on Scientists, Industry and Regulators. This may include the +70 Lactobacillus authorisations within the Register of feed additives.

PARNUTS

Little discussion was held on the scope of dietetic feeds (PARNUTs) where the draft Regulation is to be finalised and presented for public consultation via the EC portal, potentially in May/June 2019.

Feed hygiene

The Guidance document on provisions for the hygiene of feedstuffs has been reviewed by EC Legal Services and was presented back to SCoPAFF-AN. Whilst it is generally acknowledged as being a live document and generally supported by Member States, there was some concerns raised within the meeting for the Commission to consider further.

The Commission requested feedback from Member States who have not yet responded on the European Former Foods Processors’ Association (EFFPA) Guide to good practice for the processing of former foodstuffs for use as feed for food-producing animals. The Commission also highlighted that the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) Guide on Good Hygiene Practices for producers of insects as food & feed has been shared with DG SANTE (Unit 4) for comments from a food perspective.

The Commission outlined an EFSA mandate request to determine maximum levels of cross-contamination for twenty-four antimicrobial active substances under medicated feed legislation (as Delegated Act) and detailed on the EC Website.

Continued discussion held on the validity of entries within the Register of Feed Materials, with a focus on potentially erroneous entries provided by some Member States. The Commission also provided an overview of specific aspects which may be reviewed in the next revision of the Catalogue of Feed Materials.

Undesirable substances

A brief update was provided on the many agenda items on undesirable substances, most notably:

  • The Commission is to consider a recommendation for the monitoring of inorganic arsenic levels in feedstuffs, in addition to the current requirement for total arsenic residue limits.
  • The Commission is also to consider a review of dioxin and PCB levels in animal feed, and a call for additional occurrence data to be submitted to EFSA.
  • Similarly, occurrence data on nitrites and nitrates in feed is acknowledged as being sparse, and additional data may also be submitted to EFSA.
  • The Commission stated that following discontinuation of the EFSA assessment on the detoxification of groundnut meal by ammonia for aflatoxins (due to insufficient data), feed materials detoxified with ammonia for aflatoxin reduction can no longer be used for feed.

Whilst no date was provided, the Commission still intends to host the second working group on the review of Regulation (EC) 152/2009) on analytical methods in feed in the near future.

More about SCoPAFF and its Animal Nutrition Section

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.