Anitox requests EU Commission to take latest worker safety information into account and keep formaldehyde products, the most effective salmonella treatment available for feed, available in Europe.
Formaldehyde has been used in EU member states for many years as a direct feed additive (classed as a feed preservative) under the Biocide Directive. With changes in the regulatory framework, this use of formaldehyde was moved to a feed additive classification and a decision at the EU level has been stalled as member state representatives debate this issue.
As recently published in EU Food Law, Agra-Europe, and Animal Pharm, the EU Commission announced at the December meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF) that instead of continuing to propose authorization of formaldehyde to control salmonella in poultry and pig feed as it has for over 2 years, the Commission is now considering to propose a denial despite the EFSA Opinion supporting the safe use as a feed additive. This move will undermine years of progress in salmonella control in the EU and has caused great concern in the supply chain for salmonella-free poultry and pig products.
Of primary concern to dissenting member states, were questions of worker safety and what occupational levels of exposure are deemed safe. This has now been clarified with the final Scientific Opinion on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL) for formaldehyde. This rigorous review of occupational uses of formaldehyde in all EU sectors has concluded with the recommendation of an 8-hour TWA exposure limit of 0.3 ppm and a Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL) of 0.6 ppm.
Anitox fully supports these limitations in the EU along with the requirement for closed application systems and has asked the Commission to draft a 10 year authorization for formaldehyde use to control salmonella in feed with these limits in place.