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

This update provides information about the meeting of the Animal Nutrition & Veterinary Medicines Section of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) held on 8-9 March 2016.

Feed additives

No feed additive authorisations were presented for vote.

Discussions were held for 22 feed additive applications with the most notable discussions on the following:

Very little discussion was held regarding the antioxidant, ethoxyquin whilst administrative procedures continue to draw up a draft Regulation detailing a partial suspension of use. It was highlighted that antioxidants used in foods were less appropriate in stabilizing feeds as foodstuffs are transported under chillchain, which would not be economically viable for feedstuffs (especially fishmeal).

Similarly, no significant movement was made on the authorisation of formaldehyde, with no revisions made to the previous draft Regulation. Commission did seek Member State views on a refusal of authorisation.

A cluster of authorisations for trace elements (Mn, Se, Fe) and vitamin B2 will be progressed when final EFSA opinions are published for the last compounds from each of these groups. Discussions were also held on a number of natural clays/soils as binders and anticaking agents, regarding concerns over inherent high levels of iron, albeit largely in non-bio-available forms.

Six new applications for dietetic feed (PARNUTS) were received for evaluation. No update on existing applications.

Minor refinements were made to the EU Catalogue of feed materials and on Annexes VI & VII of Regulation (EU) No.767/2009. Significant time was dedicated to walking through the complete EU Code of Good labelling practices for compound feed for food producing animals. This Code will be progressed once amendments to Regulation (EU) No.767/2009 are finalised, so that this may be incorporated into the final Code of practice.

In light of the EC publication of the Circular Economy (December 2015), the revised proposal of the Waste Directive now explicitly excludes feed as waste. Extensive discussions were held on associated feed legislation and terminologies which overlap between food, feed, animal byproducts and waste streams. Extending from these discussions, consideration is being given into the approval/registration status of food and feed business operators under different scenarios.

Commission circulated the Executive Summary to the OECD Task force report for the safety of novel foods and feeds. The objective is to develop guidance documents to facilitate international harmonisation in approach/adoption of these emerging innovations. However, it was confirmed that biotechnological technologies will fall out of scope of this current review; such as for synthetic biology, GM and reproductive technologies.

No discussions were held on any undesirable substances in feed.