Natural feed additives from Kemin, Chr. Hansen, others receive EFSA’s regulatory approval

EUROPE – A range of natural feed and water additives from Kemin, Chr. Hansen, Kempex, and CJ Europe have been greenlit for sale in Europe after they passed the European food safety authority’s (EFSA) assessment.

The EFSA approved Kemin’s Bacillus subtilis as a feed additive for turkeys for fattening, turkeys reared for breeding, laying hens, minor poultry species for laying, piglets (weaned), weaned minor porcine species and sows.

With this application, the company, Kemin, requested a change of taxonomic designation of B. subtilis to Bacillus velezensis, which the panel granted.

Chr Hansen’s application for renewal of their silage inoculants consisting of Lactococcus lactis DSM 11037 and NCIMB 30117 was also approved.

The additive aims to improve the production of silage and is authorized for all animal species.

EFSA’s Panel on Additives and Products or Substances (FEEDAP) concluded that the additive remains safe for all animal species, consumer and the environment under the authorized conditions of use.

The re-evaluation of the authorization request by Spanish companies Sepiol SA and Tolsa SA for the use of sepiolite (E 562) as a feed additive received a positive review.

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The FEEDAP Panel found that sepiolite is unlikely to be absorbed thus its use will not leave harmful amounts of residues in edible tissues/products.

Sepiolite is not genotoxic and does not induce any toxicity effects following oral administration and, therefore, it was considered safe for the consumers.

The additive was considered safe for dairy cows at the recommended use level with a safety factor of 2.5.

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The conclusion was extrapolated to other dairy ruminants but owing to the lack of sufficient data, no conclusions can be drawn on the safety of the additive for other target species.

The panel also approved the CJ Europe GmbH feed additive consisting of l‐isoleucine produced by Corynebacterium glutamicum KCCM 80185 for use as a nutritional additive in feed and water for drinking for all animal species.

Meanwhile, experts of the Parma-based risk assessor found no trace of acquired antimicrobial resistance genes or viable cells of the genetically modified production strain in the final product.

Although, the presence of recombinant DNA from the production strain in the product could not be excluded the this did not raise any safety concerns seeing as no sequences of concern remain in the final production strain.

Thus, the Panel concluded that when used as directed, the additive is safe for the target species, the consumer and the environment. The Panel also reiterated that PB6 is safe and effective for the target species.

Pharmaceutical and veterinary raw material distributor Kempex holland submitted a first time EU authorization request for approval of their animal nutritional feed additive consisting of l‐lysine sulfate produced by the genetically modified strain Escherichia coli CGMCC 7.398.

Approval was granted after the panel found no trace of the production strain and recombinant DNA in the final product. “The additive does not pose any safety concerns associated with the production strain,” the panel concluded, adding that it poses no hazard to the target species.

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