Europe increases vitamin D3 levels in salmonid feeds
The European Commission concluded that a total level of 60 000 IU of vitamin D3 per kg of complete salmonid feedstuff is safe for consumers and the environment.
The European Commission published the maximum content of cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) in feed for salmonids. Whereas the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) authorizes the maximum of 60 000 IU per kg of complete feed, in order to unify, the European Food Safety Authority concluded that a total level of 60 000 IU of vitamin D3 per kg of complete feedstuff is safe for consumers and the environment.
The Authority also concluded that the proposed levels were safe for salmonids, but that, in the case of other fish species, there was insufficient data available to assess the safety of this vitamin level. Therefore, the authorization should be limited to salmonids.
This increase in vitamin D3 levels may have consequences for the safety of workers, and the Commission considers that adequate protection measures should be adopted in order to avoid adverse effects on human health, in particular as regards the users of the additive. Read the regulation here.