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Feed Additives
European Parliament and Council Regulation 1831/2003, applicable as of October 18, 2004, regulates the use of additives in animal nutrition. It sets out rules for the authorization, marketing and labeling of feed additives. Only feed additives that were granted an authorization following a scientific evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) may be put on the market.

The regulation covers the following feed additive categories:

Technological additives (e.g. preservatives, antioxidants, emulsifiers, stabilizing agents, acidity regulators, silage additives)
Sensory additives (e.g. flavors, colorants)
Nutritional additives (e.g. vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements)
Zootechnical additives (e.g. digestibility enhancers, gut flora stabilizers)
Coccidiostats and histomonostats

This regulation also completes the ban on antibiotic growth promoters in feed by prohibiting the use of four antibiotic substances as of January 1, 2006. ("Ban on antibiotics enters into effect" - European Commission Press Release - Dec. 22, 2005.)

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