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Safety of feed additives coming from China

The Food and Veterinary Office carried out an audit in China from 19-30 June 2014 on feed additives and premixtures. The audit was carried out in the wake of a recent incident where a feed additive (choline chloride) imported from China was found to be contaminated with genetically modified rice (Bt63 rice), and this aspect was also considered by the audit team.

The overall conclusion of the report is that the system for official controls in China provides satisfactory guarantees that feed additives and premixtures exported to the EU comply with requirements at least equivalent to those set out in the relevant EU legislation on feed. In particular, the official certification of exported products is an integral part of the system set up by the competent authorities which underpins these guarantees.

Most establishments exporting feed additives and premixtures to the EU adhere to FAMI-QS, an industry-based safety assurance scheme. This adherence provides additional guarantees that these establishments meet the relevant standards set out in EU law.

The report also concludes that the proactive approach taken by FAMI-QS on the presence of Bt63 rice in choline chloride has been the main driver behind the preventive measures adopted by the manufacturers concerned to avoid that this contamination recurs. Therefore, establishments certified under this scheme should provide robust guarantees concerning the absence of Bt63 rice in choline chloride exported to the EU.