EU animal feed additive risk assessment plan

Producers to be put under new requirement to show additives pose no environmental threat

Animal feed additive manufacturers will have to prove their products do not harm the environment before being allowed market access, the European Commission proposed today.

In a draft regulation now to be considered by EU governments and the European parliament, the Commission recommends banning additives from feeds unless producers have "adequately and sufficiently demonstrated" that they present no risk to the environment or to animal and human health. Each additive would have to fulfil at least one of four conditions of "usefulness". One is that the additive must "favourably affect the environmental consequences of animal production."

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