November 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 7-9 November 2018.

Meeting schedule

The next meeting is confirmed for 17-18 December 2018.

Feed additives

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

Agenda Item Additive(other legislation) Authorisation type Vote

B.01

SANTE/10861/2018

Nutritional:

Betaine anhydrous for all animal species except rabbits.

New authorisation

QMV in favour

B.02

SANTE/10896/2016

Nutritional:

Sodium selenite, coated granulated sodium selenite and zinc-L-seleno-methionine for all animal species.

*New/Re-authorisation

QMV in favour

B.03

SANTE/10755/2018

Nutritional:

L-arginine for all animal species.

Re-authorisation

QMV in favour

B.04

SANTE/10549/2018

Nutritional:

Hydroxy analogue of methionine and its calcium salt as a feed additive for all animal species.

New authorisation

QMV in favour

B.05

SANTE/10207/2016

Technological:

Preparation of a natural mixture of illite, montmorillonite and kaolinite for all animal species.

New authorisation

QMV in favour

B.06

SANTE/10429/2018

Coccidiostats & Histomonostats:

Diclazuril for chickens reared for laying and pheasants for fattening or reared breeding.

*New/Re-authorisation

Vote deferred

B.07

SANTE/10439/2018

Zootechnical:

Preparation of Enterococcus faecium NCIMB 10415 as a feed additive for sows, suckling piglets, weaned piglets, pigs for fattening.

Re-authorisation

QMV in favour

B.08

SANTE/10724/2018

Zootechnical:

Dimethylglycine sodium salt for chickens for fattening.

Modifying authorisation

QMV in favour

B.09

SANTE/10673/2018

Technological:

Preparation of lecithins liquid, lecithins hydrolysed and lecithins de-oiled for all animal species.

Re-authorisation

QMV in favour

B.10

SANTE/10073/2017

Coccidiostats & Histomonostats:

Preparation of narasin and nicarbazin as a feed additive for chickens for fattening.

Modifying 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

 

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

  • maximum residue levels which have been set within the EU, these levels must be respected across sectors (e.g. animal feed and veterinary medicine), although MRLs may be reviewed in light of new evidence.
  • minimum dose and reference units for silage enzymes used.
  • acceptable dose levels for feed additive flavourings.

 

The Commission presented a revised version of Regulation (EC) 429/2008 on the preparation of feed additive dossiers, with discussion focusing on species nomenclature, GMO analytical methods, EFSA guidelines and legal requirements.

A revised draft Regulation was presented for the creation of new functional groups; including ‘animal welfare enhancers’. Discussion was held on this functional group with a revised name to ensure no conflict with veterinary medicine terminologies and scope of use defined as maintaining/stabilising physiological condition rather than to reverse ill-health.

A revised list of feed additives was presented, scheduled for withdrawal and deemed out of scope as feed additives. The list included botanical products which were minimally processed (e.g. dried, ground or lyophilised), rather than other purified botanicals (e.g. tinctures, extracts). Discussion also held on determining feed additive or feed material status.

PARNUTS

The Commission provided an update on the draft Annex for feed PARNUTS with inclusion of an expanded list of entries where boluses may be used. Additional refinements to the conditions of bolus criteria and potential future assessment were discussed.

Feed hygiene

The Guidance document on provisions for the hygiene of feedstuffs is anticipated to be discussed at the December meeting. A number of specific Member State questions were raised for consideration of inclusion into the Guide’s Q&A section.

Continued discussion held on the validity of entries within the Register of Feed Materials, with a focus on erroneous entries and underlying principles of feed material definition.

The European Guide to Good Practice for the Processing of Former Foodstuffs for Use as Feed for Food-Producing Animals (EFFPA) was presented for Member State feedback.

Following circulation of a Guide published by German authorities, discussion was held on the possible establishment of EU harmonised criteria in order to verify the manufacturing and mixing accuracy in feed businesses. A summary was also provided by SANTE F (formerly FVO) on the objective of such an EU harmonisation, to draw on best practices from national guidelines relating to carry-over and homogeneity of feed.

One Member State sought clarification on the use of caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) as a processing aid for cereals and its permitted use for rumen protection. The Commission confirmed the widespread use of sodium hydroxide for such purposes, which are defined and specifically referenced for sodium hydroxide within the Catalogue of Feed Materials for treated cereal straw (entry 6.3.2.) and for rumen protection (Process No.56). The Commission made the distinction with the use of formaldehyde as a rumen protector, where the level required for effective rumen protection was above safe levels for animal health as determined by EFSA. The Commission reaffirmed that formaldehyde is not permitted for rumen protection; whilst the use of sodium hydroxide has not been evaluated as being unsafe for animals and is permitted for rumen protection.

Undesirable substances

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

  • The proposed reduction in maximum residue limits for endosulfan (a pesticide) in fish-feed, may be explored for other animal species, based on supplementary data received.
  • An update on the detoxification of Ambrosia seeds and discussion on hydroxy-methylfurfural (HMF) in feed for honeybees.
  • The Commission announced the intention to hold a second working group on the review of methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of feed under Regulation (EC) No 152/2009. Date to be announced.

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.