The European Union has authorised bentonite clay minerals in two products, developed by Belgium company Innovad. The clay minerals of these products are now officially listed in the category: 'Substances for reduction of the contamination of feed by mycotoxins: aflatoxin B1'.
The product Magnet is made of 100% bentonite clay minerals and is now - as a whole product - approved as anti-aflatoxin. The product Escent contains various ingredients. The bentonite components in Escent (same as the ones in Magnet) are now also EU approved as anti-aflatoxin.
Based on the most recent developments in the European legislation for feed additives (EC No 1060/2013), European authorities decided to clarify the legal status of components which can be used for the reduction of the contamination of feed with mycotoxins. Due to the presence of many products on the market and the large variability in effectiveness for the claimed purpose, this approach is a step forward to guarantee the mode of action and required effects.
Within the text of the legislation, a clear distinction is made on different clay minerals where solid parameters have been defined in order to comply with this new category of feed additives. The compliance with this legislation reflects in the label as well, which mentions clearly the functional group as stated in the legislation: Substances for reduction of the contamination of feed by mycotoxins: aflatoxin B1.
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