Update on the Animal Nutrition & Veterinary Medicines Section of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed

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 27-28 April 2016.

Feed additives

The Committee voted on an amendment to five Commission feed additive authorisations and two Administrative authorisations:

Feed additive votes - April 2016

Agenda item Additive Authorisation type Vote
SANTE 12097_2015
Technological additive: preparation of iron sodium tartrates New All in favour
Zootechnical additive: benzoic acid Modification All in favour
Zootechnical additive: 6-phytase produced by Trichoderma reesei (ATCC SD-6528) New All in favour
Zootechnical additive: preparation of Bacillus licheniformis (ATCC 53757) and its protease (EC New All in favour
Zootechnical additive: preparation of Bacillus subtilis (C-3102) Modification All in favour
SANTE 10422_2016
Change of authorisation details: name of holder of authorisation and the trade name of a coccidiostat Administrative All in favour
Change of authorisation details: name of holder of authorisation of a preparation of Lactobacillus rhamnosus (CNCM-I-3698) and Lactobacillus farciminis (CNCM-I-3699) Administrative All in favour


Discussions were held for a further 21 feed additive applications with the most notable discussions on the following:

Voting was deferred on two zinc dossiers arising from significant text revisions relating to future proposals for obligatory reductions in maximum permitted limits (MPLs) and implementing mandatory monitoring criteria for industry. Discussions extended to the specification and analytical requirements for chelated zinc products.

Favourable in vivo genotoxicity data for ethoxyquin was recently submitted to EFSA for evaluation. Additional environmental and average daily intake data has also been requested by EFSA for substitute antioxidants also under evaluation (i.e. BHT, BHA, TBHQ and propyl gallate). A draft Regulation for a partial suspension of ethoxyquin for all uses, except for fishmeal, specific vitamins and carotenoids is to be drawn up.

A modified draft Regulation was presented for formaldehyde incorporating a number of legal revisions with reference to worker safety and monitoring criteria. Member States were asked to contextualise the use of formaldehyde as a feed additive, in comparison with other applications of use (including on-farm disinfection) and across other industry sectors.

New dietetic feed (PARNUTS) applications for pets were received for evaluation. A number of existing applications should be finalised in the second half of 2016.

A revision for Annexes VI & VII of Regulation No.767/2009 retained a derogation for trace elements, although reversion of all other additives from the active substance to the added amount. A potential solution may be to propose industry to draw up labelling codes for the more complex additives, such as micro-organisms, coccidiostats and specific vitamins.

The classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures under Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 was discussed, with early interpretations that CLP applied to feed additives and premixtures only. This topic will return to SCoPAFF prior to a definitive position being formulated on the scope (and exemptions) of CLP by the end of 2016.

Undesirable substances in feed

Regarding Directive 2002/32/EC on undesirable substances, a draft Recommendation on the levels of nitrites (and nitrates) in feed has yet to be completed.

Proposed amendments were presented for Regulation (EU) 709/2014 for the determination of levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls in feed. This revision concerns the deletion for measurements of uncertainty, and reporting requirements for physical and chemical screening.

Under AOB, information was sought in relation to the 1 July 2016 deadline for detoxification process applications under Regulation (EU) 2015/786, which requires authorisation by the competent authority and EFSA approval. Transitional measures will be established where a feed operator has submitted an application prior to the deadline, for continuation up to 1 July 2017 or until EFSA has finalised their assessment. In addition, under emergency cases, where feed is blocked for non-compliance (e.g. in port), EFSA will fast-track an assessment. Finally, regarding the detoxification criteria; Article 8 of Directive 2002/32/EC requires that feed is safe, compliant and retains its characteristics; therefore efficacy of existing detoxification processes must be demonstrated.