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Call for a European legislative framework more favorable to innovation in food additives

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A round table, as part of the professional body’s Future Proofing Feed event, recognized the role that feed additives can play in terms of reducing environmental emissions generated by the production of farm animals, but also in terms of improving animal health and welfare, thereby reducing the need for antimicrobials.

Speakers included Eva Zamora, Head of the Animal Nutrition and Veterinary Medicines Unit of the European Commission DG Health, Séverine Deschandelliers, President of FEFANA, Dirk Ehle, member of the Board of Directors of Animal Health Europe, and Reinder Sijtsma, president of the FEFAC premix. and the Mineral Nutrition Committee.

Panelists stressed the importance of stimulating innovation in food additive development through private / public and multidisciplinary partnerships, and the implicit gains in knowledge transfer from other sectors such as human health.

Participants also agreed that an effective legal framework for food additives allowing an environment where there was less administrative burden, better market protection for applicants for food additives, a new recognized functionality of these products in terms of welfare and environmental protection, and regulations that allow the scientifically proven effects of additives to be communicated to end users would stimulate further innovation in this regard.

A second round table, with Michael Scannell, Deputy Director General, DG AGRI, Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, Copa-Cogeca, Régis Fournier, President of Euroseeds and Asbjørn Børsting, President of FEFAC, discussed the revisions of the CAP, elements like voluntary coupled support, eco-programs and rural development investment programs that could help boost protein production in the EU and reduce the EU’s dependence on materials imported raw materials rich in protein.

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Experts also highlighted that new technologies are essential for the EU’s agricultural sector to remain competitive and sustainable, referring to recent developments related to EU legislation on New Genomic Techniques (NGT).

Such plant breeding technology could help accelerate the EU’s protein self-sufficiency and reduce the footprint of feed production, they argued, with speakers urging EU lawmakers to introduce quickly a favorable regulatory framework that would allow industry and farmers to use this plant breeding technology. , following public consultations and impact assessments.

The EU should not isolate itself internationally in this regard given the more favorable environment for innovation leveraging NGT elsewhere, they stressed.

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Michael Scannell, DG AGRI, stressed that feed manufacturers would also be well advised to promote sustainable sourcing practices and the traceability of feed materials to meet the increasingly stringent demands of retailers. and consumers in terms of traceability.

He noted the new initiatives planned by the EU: the next Code of conduct for responsible business and marketing practicesIn addition to this, you will need to know more about it.In the food chain and mandatory due diligence measures,With a focus on deforestation-free supply chains.

FEFAC President Asbjørn Børsting said the trade group’s recently revised 2021 Soybean Sourcing Guidelines (SSG) now include the ability to compare the verification and certification program to ‘no conversion’ soybeans, and this initiative should help ease the transition to a sustainable supply chain.

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