Feed aditives reach the market following a prior safety and quality evaluation and authorisation by the European Commission© EU, 2012
JRC method to measure feed additive becomes CEN standard
The European Committee for Standardization, CEN, has adopted an analytical method developed by the JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) to measure the levels of the feed additive, semduramicin, in animal feeding stuffs.
JRC researchers developed an analytical method consisting of a common sample preparation and then analysis of semduramicin by liquid chromatography coupled to either mass spectrometry detection or UV detection using post-column derivatisation. A collaborative study subsequently confirmed that the method was fit for purpose.
Feed additives are used to improve animal welfare, production and performance. Semduramicin is a member of the group of compounds known as coccidiostats, which are used to prevent farm animals contracting coccidiosis – a disease of the intestinal tract. The use of such feed additives, including the authorised concentration range, is regulated by European legislation.
The JRC operates the European Union Reference Laboratory for feed additives (EURL-FA), which ensures the appropriateness and the correct use of analytical methods for the control of feed additives. In doing so, the JRC supports the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in conducting scientific evaluation of feed additives prior to their use.
The method was published by CEN in February 2012 as the European standard, EN 16158:2012.