Standing Committee for Animal
Short report of
the meeting held on 20 June 2000
CHAIRMAN : D.André for points 1 and 2
M. Lahrssen for points 3 and 4
F. Verstraete for points 5, 6 and 7
H. Cappellaro for point 8
1. Examination and possible opinion on
a draft Commission Regulation concerning the provisional
authorisation of a new additive in feedingstuffs
A draft Regulation authorising
provisionally the new additive "clinoptilolite of
sedimentary origin", belonging to the group "binders,
anti-caking agents and coagulants" in accordance with
Directive 70/524/EEC concerning additives in feedingstuffs
has been examined. Some minor modifications have been
The vote has taken place.
Result of the vote: favourable vote by
2. Examination of application for authorisation of
certain additives as foreseen under article 4 paragraph 4
of Council Directive 70/524/EEC :
- Coccidiostats and other medicinal substances :
diclazuril - "Clinacox" - - Janssen Animal Health -
turkeys : demand of authorisation for ten years
(rapporteur : B)
At the end of the sixty day period
foreseen under article 4 paragraph 4 of Directive
70/524/EEC allocated to the Member States in order to check
whether the dossier has been complied in accordance with
Directive 87/153/EEC (22. May 2000 in this case), only
positive comments have been submitted in writing to the
Commission. In the case of no objections being made, the
Commission had a period of 30 days to include the
authorisation application on the agenda of the Standing
Committee for Feedingstuffs.
At the meeting, all Member States
confirmed that the dossier complied with the guidelines. As
foreseen under paragraph 6, the Commission shall ensure
that a decision is taken on the application for
authorisation, within 320 days following its inclusion on
the agenda of the Standing Committee of today the 20
th of June 2000.
3. Micro-organisms and enzymes: "AlCare"- piglets -
timetable (interruption of the evaluation period foreseen
under article 4, paragraph 6; clock stopped: 29.05.2000)
As foreseen under article 4 paragraph 6
of Directive 70/524/EEC the time limit will be interrupted
where a request is made for additional information..
Several comments have been submitted in writing to the
Commission At the meeting of the Expert Committee of the
Standing Committee for Feedingstuffs (29.05.2000) it was
agreed to stop the clock at day 90 of the 320 days
If a supplementary dossier concerning
the questions raised by Member states is provided by the
company the product will be put on the agenda of the Expert
4. Final report on the « Requirements concerning
the efficacy for micro-organisms in animal categories
dogs, cats and horses » amended by the experts
The final report on the "Requirements
concerning the efficacy for micro-organisms in
animal categories dogs, cats and horses"
amended by the experts was discussed. Several comments were
made by the Member states made at the Standing Committee
and the Commission requested to send eventual additional
comments by writing before the end of June. The Commission
will examine these comments and an amended report will be
will be presented at the next meeting of the Standing
Committee for Feedingstuffs for finalisation and
5. Surveillance program of dioxins in binders,
anti-caking agents and coagulants: update of the
situation and outcome of the discussions of the ad hoc
working group. Conclusions.
The report of the meeting concerning the
presence of dioxins in binders , anti-caking agents and
coagulants have been discussed. The working group concluded
- the current provisional maximum limit
of 500 pg PCDD/F WHO-TEQ/kg products established for
kaolinitic clay is a feasible limit from an analytical
point of view.
- on the basis of the available surveillance data,
the working group identified several binders, anti-caking
agents and coagulants of which can be assumed that there is
no problem with dioxin contamination. The conclusions are
only valid for the pure product and not for the product
obtained as a by-product.
The Committee will discuss in detail the
conclusions of the working group at the next meeting of the
6. Undesirable substances in feedingstuffs: update of
the situation regarding recent reported cases.
PCB contamination of animal feedingstuffs in
The Belgian authorities informed the
Committee of the results of the investigations performed
with regard this contamination case. In the framework of a
permanent surveillance system a PCB contamination of a
compound feed for calves was detected on 16 May 2000
(sample taken on 4 May 2000). The authorities took
immediately the necessary measures in order to avoid any
further contamination of the feed chain and to safeguard
public health. The contamination was very local and limited
to one feed manufacturer and all possibly contaminated
feedingstuffs have been destroyed. The source of
contamination and the way the PCBs contaminated the feed
could not yet be identified with certainty.
Dioxin contamination of a preparation of choline
chloride originating from Belgium
Choline chloride is a widely used form
of choline for supplementing diets and is mainly used as an
animal feed additive, classified as a vitamin.
The German authorities informed the
Commission and the other Member States on 7 June of the
finding of a high level of dioxins in a premixture for sows
containing choline chloride. The analysis of the several
components of this premixture has shown that it was the
preparation of choline chloride that contained high levels
of dioxin. This preparation was originating from a company
in Spain. The Spanish authorities have immediately taken
the necessary measures to protect public health and to
avoid any further contamination of the feed chain.
Given the very low incorporation rate of
the choline chloride preparation in the final feed, there
is no immediate risk for public health.
Following conclusions were drawn:
- Given the fact that there it is
evident that the contamination is not limited to one batch
and given the durability limit of 1 year of the
preparation, the Spanish authorities were urged to provide
to the Member States and the Commission a list of all
deliveries of the preparation choline chloride from the
company involved since June 1999
. Intermediate lists can be provided in order to
enable competent authorities to take immediate
- Serious indications exist that the
source of the contamination is to be traced back to the use
of pentachlorophenol (PCP) treated saw dust mixed with corn
cob meal that used as a carrier for the choline chloride.
The Spanish authorities were requested to provide the
Commission and the other member States as soon as possible
of the results of the official investigations undertaken,
in particular saw dust to determine the source of
contamination with certainty.
- The Spanish representative confirmed
that the carrier (corn cob meal mixed probably mixed with
saw dust) was exclusively used by the company involved as a
carrier for choline chloride only and that the product (the
mix and the wood pulp) has not been used as a carrier for
other additives and/or another company and do not have any
other food and feed uses.
- Member states have to take immediate action upon
availability of information concerning the delivery of
possibly contaminated preparation of feed additive. These
actions have to be focused on the additive choline chloride
(awaiting complete clarification of the source of
conatamination), the preparation choline chloride and
premixtures containing the preparation choline
- Member States should inform the
Commission and the other Member States immediately of the
findings and results of investigations as well of the
actions undertaken by the competent authorities.
7. Methods of analysis for PCBs and dioxins:
The Committee was informed of the
organisation of a ring trial to control the presence of
PCBs in feedingstuffs and on the elaboration of minimum
requirements with wich a method of analysis for dioxins
should comply with.
8. Examination of possible comments received on a
Draft Commission Decision amending Commission Decision
91/516/EEC establishing a list of ingredients whose use
is prohibited in compound feedingstuffs following its
notification to the WTO.
The draft measure prohibiting the use of
certain oils and fats in animal nutrition has been notified
to the WTO (ref. G/SPS/N/EEC/83). Only comments of the US
have been received requesting a postponement of the date of
application foreseen for 1 August 2000. The Committee has
considered the comments and accepted that a postponement of
the date of application until 1 January 2001 is
The concerns of the oleochemical
industry (letter from the Dutch authorities dated 12 April
2000) have been examined.
Taking into account the outcome of the
discussions an amended document will be submitted for
opinion at the next meeting of the Committee.
9. Other points.
The following items were
- the Committee was informed of an EPA
warning concerning possible high levels of cadmium in zinc
sulphate originating from China and which could be used in
the production of animal feed. Member states were asked to
control this and to report on their findings to the
Commission and other Member states.
- A delegation raised the issue of
notifications of national measures in the frame of
Directive 98/34 of the European parliament and of the
Council of 22 June 1998 laying down a procedure for the
provision of information in the field of technical
standards and regulations. The Commission replied that the
urgency of the measures has been refused and that the
scientific justification for the proposed national measures
has to be submitted.
- request to table several agenda items
at the next meeting of the Committee:
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