July 13, 2016

Delacon: Positive EFSA opinion for Biostrong® 510 feed additive



The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its independent scientific opinion on Delcaon's Biostrong® 510 for poultry, early this month.


According to Delacon, the opinion positively confirms the efficacy of Biostrong® 510 for fattening chickens as well as safety for target animals, consumers, and the environment. It also states that these conclusions can be extended to chickens reared for laying, and extrapolated to all minor poultry species (ducks, geese and quails) for fattening and reared to point of lay. The European Commission will evaluate the opinion and decide about the authorisation of Biostrong® 510 as zootechnical feed additive.


Following Delacon's request for an EU-authorisation of Biostrong® 510 as zootechnical additive, the European Commission asked the EFSA-Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) to evaluate and deliver an independent scientific opinion about the safety and efficacy of Biostrong® 510. This opinion was published on July 8, 2016.


Therein, the FEEDAP Panel concludes that Biostrong® 510 is safe for chickens for fattening at the proposed conditions of use. Moreover, it does not consider Biostrong® 510 used at the recommended levels to be a risk for consumers of meat and meat products, nor for the environment. Furthermore, it considers that the feed additive has the potential to efficaciously improve fattening performances. The panel states that these conclusions can be extended as well to minor avian species.


"The positive scientific opinion of EFSA on Biostrong® 510 is another milestone for us as a pioneer and global market leader in phytogenic feed additives. Biostrong® 510 is one of our main products, thus we look forward to the decision of the European Commission on the zootechnical registration for this phytogenic feed additive", Delacon's CEO Markus Dedl, explained. The EFSA opinion, an independent expert review of diverse studies submitted by Delacon, underlines that Biostrong® 510 is a science-based product - efficacy was proven on both improved zootechnical performance and better nutrient digestion.


Biostrong® 510 is a preparation of partially micro-encapsulated essential oils from thyme and star anise, dried herbs and dried spices, fully using synergistic effects of different groups of active substances. As the product is a complex plant-based product, providing hundreds of single compounds, EFSA was looking into the detailed composition of each ingredient, the constituents of essential oils, as well as all herbs and spices. Therefore, Delacon provided a lot of supplementary information as well as a vast number of significant studies and trials using a variety of different methods. These significant results support the EFSA's evaluation of Biostrong® 510 as a digestibility and performance enhancer, Delacon said.


Biostrong® 510 is available worldwide.

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