July 18, 2006


Lallemand's Levucell SC receives positive opinion from EFSA

Press release


The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Scientific Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed has released a positive opinion on extending use of Lallemand's ruminant-specific yeast Levucell SC (Levucell SC 20 and Levucell SC 10ME) for dairy goats and ewes.


Efficacy studies showed that, at the recommended dose, the additive led to an increase in milk yield of 12 percent in goats and 11 percent in ewes, without affecting milk quality. Levucell SC is already permanently authorised in Europe for fattening in dairy cows and cattle.


Tolerance studies, using 20 and 30 times the maximum recommended dose for dairy goats and ewes respectively, show the additive's safety for both target species.


The additive's safety regarding humans and the environment has already been demonstrated in the initial authorisation dossier for bovine species. Given this safety profile and the amount of knowledge on Levucell SC's modes of action in the rumen, EFSA experts consider it unlikely that Levucell SC's extension of use will introduce new potential hazards to users, consumers or the wider environment, and have released a positive opinion.


This announcement follows the recent authorisation by the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) of Levucell SC 10ME (micro-encapsulated form of Levucell SC for pellet applications) under registration number T580450. The Canadian authorities have already approved Levucell SC in 2002.

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