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December 18, 2018

EU Regulation n. 2018/1980 - Feed additives: modified use of liquid lecithins, hydrolysed lecithins and lecithins de-oiled in feed intended for all animal species

The European Commission, with EU Regulation of 13 December 2018 n. 1980, amended the authorization concerning the use of liquid lecithins, hydrolysed lecithins and lecithins de-oiled in feed intended for all animal species.

The Regulation in question enters into force on 3 January 2019.

Provisions envisaged by EU Regulation no. 2018/1980

In view of the fact that:

  • liquid lecithins, hydrolysed lecithins and de-leat lecithins were authorized pursuant to the previous regulations;
  • an application was made to amend the terms of the authorization and in particular regarding:

-) the alignment of the specifications of the lecithins as feed additives with those provided for the lecithins used as food additives;
-) the extension of the authorization for the use of rapeseed as an additional source of hydrolysed lecithins and deololated lecithins;

  • The European Food Safety Authority has concluded that all the lecithins of different botanical origins and their forms used as feed additives comply with the specifications established for the use of lecithins used as food additives and that the use of rapeseed as additional source of lecithin does not change the previous conclusions that lecithins do not have a negative impact on animal health, human health or the environment and are effective as an emulsifier;

the European Commission has ordered the modification of the previous authorization, aligning the provisions set out in the opinion of the European Food Safety Authority.

Transitional provisions

The Regulation in question provides that:

  • liquid lecithin additives, hydrolysed lecithins and de-leat lecithins and pre-mixtures containing these additives, produced and labeled before 2 July 2019 in compliance with the rules applicable before 2 January 2019, may continue to be placed on the market and used until exhaustion of existing stocks;
  • compound feed and feed materials containing the additives in question, produced and labeled before:

-) 2 January 2020, in accordance with the rules applicable before 2 January 2019, may continue to be placed on the market and used up to the exhaustion of existing stocks if intended for food-producing animals;
-) 2 January 2021 in accordance with the rules applicable before 2 January 2019, may continue to be placed on the market and used until exhausted stocks exist if intended for non-food producing animals.