EU may authorize first feed additives with mycotoxin counteracting properties

Two products from Biomin's Mycofix product line receive positive votes from Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health

The EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has positively voted on the authorization of two Biomin feed additives from the company’s Mycofix product line as “substances for reduction of the contamination of feed by mycotoxins.”

The products, Mycofix Secure (bentonite/dioctahedral montmorillonite) and Biomin BBSH 797 (Gen. nov. sp. nov., formerly Eubacterium), are slated to become the first-ever products authorized by the EU as substances with proven mycotoxin-counteracting properties, according to Biomin. Following the positive committee votes, the publication of the respective EU regulations would be the next and final stage towards confirming the scientific efficacy of Mycofix Secure and Biomin BBSH 797 as mycotoxin-deactivating products.

The process towards the authorization of the two additives in the EU began when, on the initiative of Biomin, the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures (FEFANA) established the task force “Mycotoxins” in 2005. In 2009, the task force succeeded in opening a new functional group for mycotoxin counteracting products, signifying a landmark development in the official approval of mycotoxin-deactivating products within the EU. This led subsequently to the publication of stringent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) guidance for anti-mycotoxin product registration – including proofs for mycotoxin and species specificity, efficacy and safety – which have generally deterred the industry from submitting dossiers for EU authorization of anti-mycotoxin feed additives.

In 2010, Biomin became the first feed additive company to submit a dossier to legalize the claim of “aflatoxin-binding” properties (Mycofix Secure), according to the company. This was followed in 2012 with a dossier for the “biodegradation of trichothecenes” (Biomin BBSH 797) for EU approval. After a thorough scientific evaluation process, Biomin became the first feed additive company to obtain positive opinions from the EFSA on these technological feed additives capable of reducing the negative impacts of mycotoxins in animals.