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Delacon - positive EFSA opinion for phytogenic

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed the safety and efficacy of Delacon’s phytogenic feed additive for poultry.

Following Delacon's request for an EU-authorisation of its phytogenic feed additive (Biostrong® 510) as zootechnical additive, the European Commission asked the EFSA-Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) to evaluate and deliver an independent scientific opinion about the safety and efficacy of the phytogenic feed additive. This opinion was published on 8 July 2016.

Therein, the FEEDAP Panel concludes that the phytogenic feed additive is safe for chickens for fattening at the proposed conditions of use. Moreover, it does not consider that the phytogenic feed additive, used at the recommended levels, to be a risk for the consumer of meat and meat products, nor for the environment. Furthermore, it considers that the product has the potential to efficaciously improve performance of chickens for fattening. The Panel states that these conclusions can be extended to minor avian species for fattening as well as for chickens and minor avian species reared to point of lay.

"The positive scientific opinion of EFSA on our phytogenic feed additive is another milestone for us. This is one of our main products, thus we look forward to the decision of the European Commission on the zootechnical registration for this phytogenic feed additive," explains Delacon's CEO Markus Dedl.

Biostrong® 510 is a preparation of partially micro-encapsulated essential oils from thyme and star anise, dried herbs and dried spices, fully using synergistic effects of different groups of active substances. As the product is a complex plant based product, providing hundreds of single compounds, EFSA was looking into the detailed composition of each ingredient, the constituents of essential oils, as well as all herbs and spices.

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