June 2018 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 27-29 June 2018.

Meeting schedule

The next meeting is scheduled (unconfirmed) for 17-19 September 2018.

Feed additives

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

Agenda item Additive/Legislation Authorisation type Vote




Benzoic acid for certain animal species.
Re-authorisation Deferred




Denial of authorisation of riboflavin (80%) produced by Bacillus subtilis KCCM-10445.
Denial of authorisation Unanimous in favour




Preparation of Pediococcus pentosaceus DSM 32291 for all animal species.
New authorisation Unanimous in favour




Preparation of sodium and potassium alginate for cats, dogs, other non-food-producing animals and fish.
New/Re- authorisation Unanimous in favour




Benzoic acid for weaned piglets and pigs for fattening.
Re-authorisation Unanimous in favour




Preparation of Bacillus subtilis DSM 29784 for minor poultry species for fattening and reared for laying.
New authorisation Unanimous in favour




Preparation of Bacillus subtilis C-3102 (DSM 15544) for pigs for fattening.
New authorisation Unanimous in favour




Preparation of Bacillus subtilis DSM 28343 for weaned piglets.
New authorisation Unanimous in favour




Preparation of endo-1,4-beta-xylanase and endo-1,3(4)-beta-glucanase produced by Komagataella pastoris (CBS 25376) and Komagataella pastoris (CBS 26469) for chickens for fattening, chickens reared for laying, turkeys for fattening, all avian species reared for laying or for breeding purposes, weaned piglets and all porcine species (weaned).
New authorisation Unanimous in favour




Amending Annexes II, V, VI and VII to Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 - to correct the German language version.
Correcting Regulation Unanimous in favour



Correcting certain language versions of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2330 concerning the authorisation of Iron compounds.
Correcting Regulation Unanimous in favour

Whilst a number of zootechnical authorisations for benzoic acid were voted in favour (as above), item B.01 was deferred as the proposed level of use was deemed too high to function solely as a flavouring without eliciting zootechnical effects.

The denial of authorisation of a single supplier source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) was voted in favour (Item B.02). This situation arose due to concerns over the presence of non-compliant GM viable cells and genetic material in the finished product. The revised document acknowledged that proportionate transition periods be adopted to avoid market disruption and animal health impacts, as this single manufacturer reportedly constitutes some 30% market-share of vitamin B2. The Regulation provides extended transition periods of up to six months for food-producing animals and up to nine months for non-food-producing animals.

Twenty-four other feed additive applications were discussed only very briefly due to time constraints, with the usual refinements on conditions of use and a focus on environmental monitoring for a number of coccidiostat applications.

The Commission presented a revised list of 21 feed additives scheduled for withdrawal and deemed out of scope as feed additives (e.g. vegetal carbon or sodium citrate). Discussion was held on the salts of organic acids with lactate salts (3 carbon compounds) being retained as feed additives as the criteria of at least four carbon molecules to be classed as a feed material was not met.

No discussion held on the following topics due to time constraints:

  • new functional groups
  • status of gelling agents in water to limit the drowning of larvae


The Commission provided an update on the draft Annex for feed PARNUTS but with little discussion apart from an update on ongoing applicant evaluations.

Feed hygiene

Following a Working Group meeting in May dedicated to the Guidance document on the implementation provisions for the hygiene of feedstuffs the document was much improved. The Commission indicated that following incorporation of minor revisions raised in the meeting that the document would be finalised at the September meeting.

Discussion was held on a single entry of the Register of feed materials which had previously been removed as it was not viewed as being a feed material. The Commission indicated that wider discussion on a ‘quality check’ of the Register would take place in September once Member State comments had been received.

Undesirable substances

Only a brief update was provided on the many agenda items on undesirable substances, but of note:

  • The Commission presented an issue concerning fluorine as previously raised by one Member State concerning levels of fluorine in calcified marine algae. As this proposed maximum residue limit (MRL) from 1,000 to 1,250mg/kg was accepted by the Commission as this would not pose any safety concerns and this MRL will be incorporated into the current amendment of the Annex to Directive 2002/32/EC. 
  • The Commission indicated that the expert review workshop on methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of feed under Regulation (EC) No 152/2009 will be held in late August 2018.
  • The Commission circulated an interim report on nitrites/nitrates, including on state-of-art analytical methods for the presence of nitrites in (wet) feed. The full EURL report is scheduled for completion before year-end.


More about SCoPAFF and its Animal Nutrition & Veterinary Medicines 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.