Update on Animal Nutrition & Veterinary Medicines Section of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food & 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) held on 11-13 September 2017.

Meeting schedule

The next meeting is scheduled for 8-10 November 2017.

Feed additives

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

Agenda item  Additive  Authorisation type  Vote



Methyl-N-methylanthranilate and methylanthranilate as feed additives for all animal species except avian species Re-authorisation Unanimous In favour 



Trimethylamine, trimethyl-amine hydrochloride, 3-methyl-butylamine for all animal species except laying hens and 2-methoxyethyl benzene, 1,3-dimethoxy-benzene, 1,4-dimethoxy-benzene, l-isopropyl-2-methoxy-4-methyl-benzene for all animal species. (CDG 026-033) Re-authorisation Unanimous In favour 


SANTE 12065_2016

Piperine, 3-methylindole, indole, 2-acetylpyrrole and pyrrolidine for all animal species. (CDG 028) Re-authorisation Unanimous In favour 



3-Hydroxybutan-2-one, pentan-2.3-dione. 3.5-dimethyl cyclopentan-1.2-dione. hexan-3,4-dione, sec-butan-3-onyl acetate, 2,6,6-trimethylcyclohex-2-en-1,4-dione and 3-methylnona-2-,4-dione. (CDG 010)  Re-authorisation Unanimous In favour 


SANTE_ 10406_2017

Vanillyl acetone and 4-(4- methoxyphenyl) butan-2-one as feed additives for all animal species and the denial of 1-phenylethan-l-ol. (CDG 021)  Re-authorisation Unanimous In favour 



Hex-3(cis)-en-l-ol, (Z)-non-6-en-l-ol, oet-3-en-l-ol, non-6(cis)-enal, hex-3(cis)-enal, (Z)-hept-4-enal, hex-3(cis)- nyl acetate, hex-3(cis)-enyl formate, hex-3-enyl butyrate, hex-3-enyl hexanoate, hex-3(cis)-enyl isobutyrate, citronellol, (-)-3,7-dimethyl-6-octen-l-ol, citronellal, 2,6-dimethyłhept-5-enal, citronellic acid, citronellyl acetate, citronellyl butyrate, citronellyl formate, citronellyl propionate, (Z)-l-ethoxy-l-(3-hexenyloxy)ethane and hex-3-enyl isovalerate as feed additives for all animal species. (CDG 04)  Re-authorisation Unanimous In favour ​



Preparation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM 1-1079 as a feed additive for chickens for fattening and for minor poultry species for fattening  New authorisation *QMV in favour 


SANTE_ 10364_2017

Preparations of Pediococcus parvulus DSM 28875, Lactobacillus casei DSM 28872 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus DSM 29226 as feed additives for all animal species New authorisation Unanimous In favour 


SANTE_10071 2017

Preparation of Bacillus licheniformis DSM 28710 as a feed additive for chickens for fattening and chickens reared for laying New authorisation Unanimous In favour 



Preparation of Lactobacillus plantarum (ККР/593/р and ККР/788/р) and Lactobacillus buchneri (ККР/907/р) as a feed additive for cattle and sheep New authorisation Unanimous In favour 



Preparation of endo-l,4-bxylanase (EC produced by Trichoderma citrinoviride Bisset (IMI SD135) as a feed additive for chickens reared for laying and minor poultry species reared for laying Re-authorisation Unanimous In favour


SANTE_ 10316_2017

Preparation of endo-l,3(4)-beta-glucanase (EC and endo-l,4-beta-xylañase (EC produced by Aspergillus niger (NRRL 25541) as a feed additive for chickens for fattening, laying hens, pigs for fattening, minor poultry species and minor porcine species for fattening and amending Regulation (EC) 255/2005 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 668/2003 Re-authorisation Unanimous In favour 


SANTE_1 0315_2017

Salinomycin sodium (Sacox 120 microGranulate and Sacox 200 microGranulate) as a for chickens for fattening and chickens reared for laying and repealing Regulations (EC) No 1852/2003 and (EC) No 1463/2004 Re-authorisation Unanimous In favour 


* QMV – qualified majority vote (not unanimous) 

In addition, two additional scheduled votes (B.04 and B.08) were deferred until the November meeting.

Twenty other feed additive authorisations were tabled, with the most notable discussions on:

  • the draft regulation for the denial of authorisation of formaldehyde, where the latest document omitted inclusion of a one year temporary authorisation. However, Member States were requested for views to proceed with a temporary authorisation under a separate Regulation. Following discussions, the Commission is to consider options as how to proceed.
  • the appropriateness of bacteriophages for the targeted control of bacteria (e.g. Salmonella) under feed additive legislation. The Commission and Member States were keen to embrace such new and innovative products, so a mandate is to be requested for EFSA to review.
  • a number of silage additives; including discussion on the authorisation of Lactobacillus hilgardii which has only been demonstrated to be efficacious in combination with Lactobacillus buchneri. Discussions will continue as to whether to progress as a single or combined feed additive authorisation.
  • iron compounds; including progression of iron dextran as an orally administered feed additive; although distinction from a veterinary medicine must be emphasized. For all iron compounds more broadly, the draft regulation incorporates a footnote concerning bioavailability, where inert forms are not to be accounted for within total iron content. Commission also stated that iron oxide is to be withdrawn from the market based upon the negative assessment returned by EFSA.


The Commission stated that a draft Regulation is to be drawn up, incorporating the new and amended entries for dietetic feed (PARNUTS) within Directive 2008/38/EC (Annex I, Part A). New applications received in due course will be progressed under a subsequent Annex amendment.

Feed hygiene

Significant time was dedicated to the revision of Regulation (EC) No.429/2008 on the preparation of feed additive authorisations. Commission highlighted proposed amendments to (Section 3) safety of the additive for target species, consumers, users and the environment. Discussions extended to suggested amendments to animal species classifications and harmonisation of analytical methodologies.

Further discussions were held on the feed hygiene guidance document. Topics included the scope of registration and/or approvals; and on defining activities which fall in/out of scope of Annex I for primary production, including on-farm use of additives via water. One Member State also requested consideration for inclusion in this guidance to clarify regulatory requirements relating to the increasing production of raw petfood.

An updated guideline document for the use of former foodstuffs in feed continued to attract extensive discussion. Whilst it is recognised that the guideline is significantly improved, discussions continued to focus on definitions of former foods, waste, registration/approval requirements and establishing where the feedchain starts. Similarly, the text on animal by-products is also much improved but with some way to go to distinguish between former food products of animal- and non-animal origin, with little resolution on any of these ambiguities.

A number of case examples were presented for debate as to whether the products constituted a feed material or feed additive. Consensus was generally reached on the distinction relating to the composition, processing and standardisation of final products. 

Short discussion was held on insects as feed covering scope of production, processing, substrates and analytical detection. Commission confirmed that recent regulatory amendments now permit the use of unprocessed insect by-products in feed for pet animals only, whilst processed insect protein is currently only permitted for aquaculture. These conditions result from the regulatory interplay between animal feed (e.g. 2017/1017 - Catalogue of feed materials), animal by-products (No.1069/2009) and TSE (No.999/2001) legislation.

Undesirable substances

Due to time constraints, little discussion was held on agenda items in this section; however of note:

In an update on EFSA assessments on detoxification processes, EFSA has recently published an opinion (No. 4961) on the decontamination of fish oil from dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs. All other outstanding applications will be concluded over coming months.

Under the heading ‘future monitoring in feed’, the Commission indicated that a stakeholder workshop on mycotoxins (DON, T2/HT-2) in cereal crops could be arranged before year-end.

Commission provided updated information on the incident concerning the pesticide fipronil found in eggs distributed to a number of Member States. Novel food and toxicological survey meeting 2017.

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.