The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched two public consultations on draft guidance for feed additives. Issued by EFSA’s Panel on Additives and Products or Substances Used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP), the first draft document offers guidance “for the preparation of dossiers for the renewal of the authorization for feed additives.” Under Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No. 1831/2003, FEEDAP currently requires applicants to renew feed additive permits every 10 years by providing enough technical information to “enable an assessment to be made of additives based on the current state of knowledge.”

The panel has also requested feedback on draft guidance stemming from its updated assessment “of the toxigenic potential of Bacillus species used in animal nutrition.” According to EFSA, “Bacillus species are used in animal production directly as microbial feed additives or as the source of other feed additives, notably enzymes,” although certain strains—such as those in the Bacillus cereus group—exhibit more capacity for toxin production than others and can thus pose a health risk to both consumers and livestock. To this end, the guidance discusses the preferred methods for assessing the toxicity of these strains using genome sequencing and other methods. FEEDAP will accept comments on both sets of draft guidance by August 16, 2013.