Fefana (EU Feed Additives and Premixtures Association) in partnership with its French platform SYNPA (Syndicat national des producteurs d’additifs et d’ingrédients de la chaîne alimentaire) recently held a press conference about probiotics as feed additives.
This meeting was an opportunity to focus on the evolution of the European regulations concerning feed additives and more particularly probiotics.
Probiotics, essentially live bacteria or living yeasts, are authorized in Europe as zootechnical additives. At the meeting it was said that classification of certain feed additives is sometimes difficult. In order to help manufacturers and users to clearly identify different categories of products, a new regulation was voted by the European Parliament at first reading on February 9th, 2009. The text will be soon adopted by the Council. This new regulation aims at clarifying the definition of raw materials, with the possibility of allocating some nutritional claims to them.
The press conference is one of the actions initiated by the Fefana working group in charge of communicating about probiotics and gathering the main producers of probiotic bacteria and yeasts in Europe. Its role is not only to promote benefits of probiotics in feed but also to address technical issues linked with their usage as well as to share this information with other professionals.