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Update on the Animal Nutrition and Veterinary Medicines Section of the SCoPAFF

This update provides information about the meeting of the newly merged Animal Nutrition & Veterinary Medicines Section of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) held on 18-19 February 2016.

Feed additives

The Committee voted on an amendment to one Commission feed additive authorisation.


Feed additive votes - February 2016 

Agenda item Additive Authorisation type Vote
Zootechnical additive: 6-phytase (EC produced by Komagaetella pastoris Modification All in favour


Discussions were held for a further 11 feed additive applications with the most notable discussions on the following:

Formaldehyde was not presented for vote as administrative procedures have still not been concluded. The latest revision of the draft Regulation confirmed a three year duration and non-renewability of authorisation, along with setting out criteria of the mandatory monitoring plan.

Discussions continued regarding the safety concerns of ethoxyquin and a lack of underpinning safety data.  Administrative procedures are underway to draw up a draft Regulation detailing a partial suspension of use, and with consideration of transition periods for different feed products. The main alternative antioxidant (BHT) is also under evaluation by EFSA, which is well suited for short-haul transportation of low fat products; whilst ethoxyquin is highly efficacious for long-haul transportation, especially for high fat fishmeal.

One new application for dietetic feed (PARNUTS) was received for evaluation. Two existing PARNUTS dossiers require further revision, whilst additional data has been requested for another two applications.

Final revisions were made to the text for the Catalogue of feed materials and a draft Regulation will be drawn up.  

Revisions continued for Annexes VI and VII Regulation (EC) No. 767/2009 regarding labelling requirements. In extension to re-defining the element as the active substance for trace compounds, preliminary discussions explored the active substance for different nutritional categories (e.g. vitamins and amino acids).

Within the meeting, a working group was convened concerning proposals for the revision of the guidelines for the submission of dossiers seeking authorisation of feed additives, within Regulation (EC) No 429/2008.  Presentations were given by EFSA (setting out its proposed work plan on this issue) and FEFANA (setting out its concerns with the current system and suggestions for change).  A plenary discussion with EFSA and industry scheduled for July.

Undesirable substances in feed

Commission provided background into the potential use of the Administrative Assistance and Cooperation system to communicate food and feed non-compliances that do not need to be communicated by the RASFF system.

It was recommended to maintain Jatropha kernel meal as a harmful botanical due to the presence of phorbol esters.

Following a request to increase the maximum permitted limit of arsenic in peat (from 2 to 10mg/kg) due to the frequency of non-compliance of peat as a feed material. However, as peat is likely to contain the more toxic inorganic form of arsenic, Commission will seek additional information.

Member States were informed of an EFSA request for data on alternaria toxins in food and feed to input into review of exposure and toxicity.

Pyrrolizdine alkaloids have been under discussion in relation to levels in food (herbal infusions, honey etc) and so the relevance to feed will need to be assessed.