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Environmental risk linked to feed additive use: EFSA consults

By Jane Byrne

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EFSA’s Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) has launched an open consultation on a draft guidance document for the assessment of the safety of feed additives for the environment.

It said the goal of its guidance is to help companies to prepare and present an application for authorization of a feed additive.

The EFSA document states:

"Consideration of the environmental impact of feed additives is important since administration of these substances typically occurs over long periods, often involves large groups of livestock animals and the constitutive active substance(s) may be excreted to a considerable extent either as the parent compound or its metabolites."

The EU feed and food risk assessor said it is open to written comments on the draft up to and including 19 November 2018.

The publication can be accessed here​.

Similar consultations

June 2017 saw EFSA seek feedback on its draft guidance document on the characterization of microorganisms used as feed additives or as production organisms.

That draft guidance combined all the requirements for the safety assessment of feed additives containing or obtained from microorganisms, including genetically modified microorganisms.

In December 2017, the FEEDAP panel also consulted on the guidance on the assessment of the efficacy of feed additives.

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