EFSA anticipates a pilot initiative it is running for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the feed additives manufacturing sector as well as those working on novel food applications will speed up the registration process.
EFSA found the available literature investigating the effects of the feed additive, zilpaterol, on animal health and welfare is limited but indicates a potential increase in mortality, heart rate, respiration rate and agonistic behavior in cattle.
The EU feed industry is aiming to shift gear in terms of its vision for the future, it says the time has come to move from the defensive to the offensive and show what animal nutrition can do in terms of challenges like antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
EFSA said work done for it by an external examiner as part of the preparatory phase of the re-evaluation of technological feed additives will result in a more efficient risk assessment process, which, it added, has now got underway.
EFSA says the feed sector will get a chance to outline their past experiences in risk assessment of feed additives as well as discuss future challenges at a technical meeting it is running in Barcelona on 5-6 May 2015.
UK firm, Micron Bio-Systems, is set to enter the well-established yeast-derived feed additive market in the EU on the back of approval by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for a product targeted at the dairy sector.
EFSA is set to increase the number of technical hearings it offers to applicants to give them greater opportunity to discuss outstanding questions about their applications during the food and feed additive risk assessment process.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given a negative
opinion about the safety of BioProtein, but has approved Reuteri
Pig Powder, Econase Wheat Plus and Roxazyme G2 as feed additivies
for various animals.