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EU approves changes to copper feed additive regulation

7 August 2018, at 12:00am

EU - The European Commission has approved changes to rules around the use of copper as a feed additive, to come effective 13 August, 2018

On 23 July 2018, the European Commission published a document in the Official Journal of the European Union detailing changes to the use of copper as a feed additive for all animal species.

Inclusion levels are measured in mg/kg of complete feed with a moisture level of 12 percent.

For piglets a total of 150mg/kg complete feed is allowable up to four weeks after weaning.

For piglets from the fifth week after weaning up to the eighth week, a total of100 mg/kg complete feed is allowable.

The document issued by the EU outlines that a "transitional period for interested parties to prepare themselves to meet the new requirements resulting from the authorisation" is allowable, owing to pre-existing premixtures which are still on the market. They will be allowable until such stocks are depleted.

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