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February 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 5-6 February 2019.

Meeting schedule

The next meeting is scheduled for 8-10 April 2019.

Feed additives

The Committee voted on three Commission proposals relating to feed additive legislation with one item deferred; as summarised in the table below.


Agenda Item Additive(other legislation) Authorisation type Vote




Alpha-amylase from Bacillus amylo-liquefaciens DSM 9553, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens NCIMB 30251, and Aspergillus oryzae ATTC SD-5374, and a preparation of endo-1,4-beta-glucanase from Trichoderma reesei ATCC PTA-10001 for all animal species.


Unanimous in favour




Amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 for the establishment of new functional groups.

Amending Regulation

QMV in favour




Amending and correcting Annex I to Directive 2002/32/EC on maximum levels for certain undesirable substances. 

Amending Regulation

Vote deferred




Corrigendum to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2018/1565 on the authorisation of a preparation of endo-1,4-beta-mannanase produced by Paenibacillus lentus (DSM 28088) for chickens for fattening, chickens reared for laying and minor poultry species other than laying birds, turkeys for fattening, turkeys reared for breeding, weaned piglets, pigs for fattening and minor porcine species.

Correcting Regulation

Unanimous in favour

* QMV = Qualified majority vote


Twenty other feed additive applications were briefly discussed, with the usual refinements on conditions of use. Of note, discussions held on:

  • Cassia gum as a gelling agent, particularly important for the pet food sector. Discussion held on the published EFSA Opinions and concerns of genotoxic potential of feed-grade cassia gum and interpretations of different analytical methodologies.
  • Three EFSA Opinions for vitamin B2 (riboflavin) authorisation.
  • A proposed Annex for preservative feed additives, with inclusion of specific maximum residue limits (MRLs). No discussion held on their use in water.

Expert participation to discuss Regulation (EC) 429/2008 in context of analytical detection of GMOs in feed additives.

The proposed re-classification of feed additives now deemed out of scope (i.e. to be re-classified as feed materials) is now nearing conclusion with the next step for the legal withdrawal of such feed additive entries.


Discussion on the scope of dietetic use of boli has generally concluded for individual entries in the Annex for feed PARNUTS. Other oral delivery mechanisms were discussed along with minor revisions for individual dietetic entries. It is still anticipated that Directive 2008/38/EC will be transposed into a new Regulation which will be subject to a period of public consultation in 2019 prior to adoption.

Feed hygiene

The Guidance document on provisions for the hygiene of feedstuffs is still being finalised and will be presented back to the Committee in 2019.

Member States have provided feedback on the EFFPA Guide to good practice for the processing of former foodstuffs for use as feed for food-producing animals. The European Former Foods Processors’ Association (EFFPA) also held a separate workshop which was well attended by industry representatives, Member State delegates and other EU stakeholders. The workshop provided an outline of the vision of the sector within the circular economy, and the challenges that the sector may face, concluding with a constructive open session for exchange of views.

Continued discussion held on the validity of entries within the Register of Feed Materials, with a focus on a new list of potentially erroneous entries.

The Commission made reference to a recent EFSA statement on a GMO source of vitamin B2 used in animal feed which was subject to a RASFF in October 2018. The EFSA statement (January 2018, No.5615) focused on AMR potential and the risk posed to humans. The results were compatible with chloramphenicol resistance but did not demonstrate the presence of a full-length gene, and no information was made available on the presence of other AMR genes or viable cells of the Bacillus subtilis. As such, it is not clear whether the first step towards AMR gene transfer is fulfilled and that the sole presence of AMR gene fragments in a feed additive is not a risk.

Undesirable substances

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

  • Continued discussion on the proposed reduction of maximum residue limits (MRLs) for endosulfan; a former pesticide, with defined MRL values proposed for fish-feed and other feedstuffs.
  • Awareness of EURL 2019/20 Work Programmes for Metals and nitrogenous compounds; for Halogenated POPs in food and feed and for Mycotoxins and plant toxins.
  • Further discussions on dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in feed and food, following the recent EFSA Opinion (No. 5333)

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.