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EU - isoeugenol as a flavoring agent in aquafeeds contra-indicated

Chemical formulations containing isoeugenol are used in water as an anaesthetic for fish, crustaceans and amphibians. In the absence of data on the correspondence between the exposure of fish via feed and the aquatic exposure, the FEEDAP Panel considered it prudent to exclude the use of isoeugenol as a flavoring agent in feed for fish and other aquatic species

January 19, 2012

Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on the safety and efficacy of isoeugenol when used as a flavor compound for all animal species. The compound belonging to chemical group 17 defined as ‘propenylhydroxybenzenes’. is currently authorized for use as flavor in food, and is naturally found in various herbs and plants.

Chemical formulations containing isoeugenol are used in water as an anaesthetic for fish, crustaceans and amphibians. In the absence of data on the correspondence between the exposure of fish via feed and the aquatic exposure, the FEEDAP Panel considered it prudent to exclude the use of isoeugenol as a flavoring agent in feed for fish and other aquatic species.

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