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Food Safety

Feed additives

Feed additives are products used in animal nutrition for purposes of improving the quality of feed and the quality of food from animal origin, or to improve the animals’ performance and health, e.g. providing enhanced digestibility of the feed materials. Feed additives may not be put on the market unless authorisation has been given following a scientific evaluation demonstrating that the additive has no harmful effects, on human and animal health and on the environment.

Authorisation types and withdrawal

There are two types of authorisations. Both types of authorisations are valid for 10 years throughout the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA).

EU Register

The Commission has established the European Union Register of Feed Additives, which is regularly updated, and it makes reference/links to the relevant authorisation Regulations.

Evaluation of the feed additives Regulation

The European Commission is carrying out an evaluation of the Feed Additives Regulation.

Legislation on feed additives

The Feed Additives Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 of September 2003 establishes a common procedure for authorising feed additives and lays down rules for their placing on the market, labelling and use.