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

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 23-24 May 2016.

Feed additives

The Committee voted on an amendment to seven Commission feed additive authorisations: 

Agenda item Additive Authorisation type Vote



Zootechnical Additive:

Preparation of endo-1,4- beta-xylanase & endo-1,3(4)-beta-glucanase produced by Trichoderma reesei (ATCC SD-2106)

New All in favour



Zootechnical Additive:

Ammonium chloride

New All in favour



Nutritional Additive:

[Zinc compounds]: Zinc acetate dihydrate, Zinc chloride anhydrous, Zinc oxide, Zinc sulphate heptahydrate, Zinc sulphate monohydrate, Zinc chelate of amino acids hydrate, Zinc chelate of protein hydrolysates, Zinc chelate of glycine hydrate (solid) and Zinc chelate of glycine hydrate (liquid)

Re-authorisation/new* Qualified majority vote



Nutritional Additive:

Zinc bislysinate

New Qualified majority vote



Nutritional Additive:


New All in favour



Sensory Additive:

Chemically defined flavourings Group 1

Re-authorisation All in favour



Sensory Additive:

Chemically defined flavourings Group 2

Re-authorisation All in favour


* Re-authorisation of existing application (1831/2003 Article 10(2)) with co-application for additional scope (Article 10(7))

Prior to vote for the zinc compounds (B.04-B05 above), a minor amendment was agreed for the maximum permitted limit (MPL) for fish species (salmonids at 180mg zinc and all other fish species at 150mg/kg of complete feed). Only a brief discussion was held on formaldehyde (B.01), but was not presented for vote.

Discussions were held for a further 14 feed additive applications with the most notable discussions on the following:

Progress on the authorisation for seven organic acid dossiers was stalled due to legislative uncertainty of their use as preservatives via drinking water, within feed additive regulation No.1831/2009. Two dossiers are to be progressed for organic acids for use as silage additives which are unaffected by this issue.

Some 200 feed additives are listed for withdrawal from the Feed Additives Register Annnex II of Regulation (EC) No.1831/2003 are being progressed towards legal regulatory removal, with just short transition periods (3-9 months) tentatively proposed from feed additives through to final compound feeds.

No discussion was held on ethoxyquin, as still awaiting a draft Regulation to be presented, outlining a partial suspension.

No new applications were received for dietetic feeds (PARNUTS) and there was little progress on current evaluations.

Regarding labelling requirements, text for Annexes VI & VII of Regulation No.767/2009 retained a derogation for trace element labelling, with declaration of the added amount of active element/substance reinstated. Further clarity was provided to avoid double labelling throughout the shelf-life of feed additives. UK presented a summary of views on Annex IV on analytical tolerances as collated by the Association of Public Analysts (APA). Further Member State views were requested to advance discussions in future meetings on finalising the scope of analytical tolerances.

Final revisions were agreed for Committee endorsement of the EU Code of Good labelling practices for compound feed for food-producing animals (COPA-COGECA/FEFAC). Similarly, near-final revisions were made to the third amendment of the EU Catalogue of feed materials, as per Regulation (EU) No. 68/2013. A draft revision of the FEDIAF Code of Good labelling practices for pet food was also presented for Member States to provide comments before the June meeting.

Undesirable substances in feed

Regarding Directive 2002/32/EC on undesirable substances, a draft Commission Recommendation on the levels of nitrites (and nitrates) in feed was confirmed to be presented for discussion by the July meeting; whilst endorsement and parallel deletion of MRLs from Directive 2002/32/EC will begin in the autumn.

The Commission highlighted a recent EFSA Opinion (No. 4425, 2016) which identified that modified forms of zearalenone (referred to as ZEL) may be sixty times more potent than ZEL itself. Consequently, these modified forms may pose a greater risk to food/feed chains and public health, and consideration for monitoring feed or food (of both plant and animal origin) may be warranted in the future.

Under AOB points COM provided another update on detoxification processes required under Regulation (EU) 2015/786 where the submission deadline is 1 July 2016 and transitional measures will be in place for process and establishment approval. An EC website will be dedicated to listing approved processes.

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