Zootechnical registration of phytogenics
Did you know that in the European Union, every phytogenic product must pass the authorization process as zootechnical feed additive, if efficacy claims are used?
“A zootechnical feed additive is any additive used to affect favourably the performance of animals in good health or used to affect favourably the environment. “
Unlike most botanical feed additives, which are considered as sensory additives (flavors), Delacon was the first and currently only company obtaining zootechnical registrations for its main phytogenic products in the pig and poultry feed sector in 2012 and 2017, covering both digestibility and performance parameters. A complex authorization process is required to independently evaluate the efficiency and safety of a phytogenic additive:
The first step towards registering a phytogenic additive as a zootechnical feed additive is to apply for the evaluation of a dossier, which must be submitted to the European commission (EC). This dossier must contain complete, comprehensive and validated data on the safety, quality and efficiency of the feed additive.
The preparation of the dossier often takes years, since there is need to provide data of a vast number of safety and efficacy trials, basing on different methods and conducted in different (European) countries.
In the next step, the EU Commission mandates the European Reference Laboratory (EURL) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to evaluate the dossier in detail. The EURL analyses and evaluates relevant parameters of the samples, methods and traceability of the additive in the feed chain (additive-premixture-feed). The full assessment report has to be submitted to the EFSA.
Following an order from the European Commission, EFSA must now provide the European Commission, the Member States and the applicant with a scientific opinion on the safety and efficacy of the additive. This opinion demonstrates whether the feed additive has the potential to meet the stated claims and whether it is safe for the target animals, workers, consumers and the environment.
Following this intensive evaluation, EFSA formulates a scientific opinion which serves as the basis for the final decision and approval by the European Commission in concordance with the Member States.
Did you know?
The more complex a product is, the longer the evaluation time by the EFSA will take, compared to products consisting of only a few single substances with no or only little synergistic effects. At Delacon, we develop and manufacture complex plant-based phytogenic feed additives consisting of hundreds of single compounds. The EFSA is looking into the detailed composition of each ingredient, the constituents of essential oils, as well as all herbs & spices. Therefore, Delacon provided a lot of supplementary information as well as a vast number of significant studies and trials using a variety of different methods.
Scientific gold standard – at Delacon and in the industry
The zootechnical registration is seen as the scientific "gold standard" in the feed industry, as not only the safety but also the efficacy of the product has been officially confirmed by EFSA.
Extensive research and high-level quality management are the basis for the achieving a zootechnical registration – two key factors, which are consistent for all Delacon products. So far, two Delacon products have gone through the process and are successfully registered as zootechnical additives.
- Fresta® F acts as a natural performance enhancer in swine production, since EFSA concluded its safety and potential to improve the growth rate of weaned piglets in 2012.
- Biostrong® 510 EC has the potential to be efficacious in improving performance of chickens and minor avian species, both for fattening and reared for laying. In 2016, EFSA found the product being both, safe and effective, in 2017 the zootechnical registration was published.