Safety Assessment of Feed Additives

Safety assessment of feed additives and different stages of feed production

The European Union requires a complicated safety assessment process for the authorisation of feed additives. Biosafe provides safety assessments particularly for microbiologically or biotechnologically produced feed additives. Our experts know which safety evaluations are required for feed additives, which allows for sensible and cost-effective planning of the required analyses. In addition to biotesting, we use modern deep sequencing techniques and provide an extensive account of the qualities of the feed or production microbe already at the early stages of product development by applying genome-based safety assessment.

Confirming the effectiveness and efficacy of feed additives is an expensive and laborious process. In fact, implementing efficacy tests for food intended for pets might even be practically impossible. We are introducing metabolic profiling, also known as metabolomics, as a new method for evaluating the efficacy of additives.

Metabolomics refers to recognising the products being produced in the metabolism and determining their concentrations, e.g. in blood or urine samples. The analysis involves using a single measurement to collect data on up to thousands of metabolites, which allows obtaining an extremely extensive view of the animals’ well-being – and at the same time also the effectiveness and safety of the additive.

We are able to meet even the most demanding customer needs flexibly with the help of Biosafe’s wide cooperation and partnership network both in Finland and abroad. Many feed additives whose safety has been confirmed by Biosafe have been authorised by the European Union.

Ready-made service packages:

Assessment of additive safety:

  • Toxicology and microbiology
    • recognition of microbes
    • cytotoxicity
    • genotoxicity
    • determination of antibiotic resistance
  • PCR-based analyses
    • determination of recombinant DNA in feed additive
    • evaluation of genetic stability
  • Whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics service
    • comprehensive survey of microbe characteristics (incl. microbe identification, analysis of toxin genes, virulence factors and antibiotic resistance genes)

Demonstrating the efficacy of additives:

  • Microbiological analyses to demonstrate efficacy

 

Expert services:

  • Consultations and statements
  • Literature reviews
  • Analyses of results and conclusions on customer data
  • Presentation of findings in the form required by the authorities

Safety assessment of feed additives
allows you to:

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Quicker entry
to the market

  • One stop for all up-to-date and cost-effective services related to the authorisation process
  • Solid experience of the EFSA authorisation procedure and legal requirements guarantee quick progress of the authorisation process
  • Testing and consultations at the initial product development stage minimises any missteps of product development
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Accomplish
cost savings

  • Focusing all assessment processes on us allows you to avoid unnecessary testing
  • Tailored preliminary testing ensures the correct assessment process
  • Gradual progress of the investigations from the most inexpensive to the most demanding tests
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Manage
risks

  • Comprehensive examinations can help avoiding unexpected risks
  • The examinations ensure the safety and efficacy of the feed additive
  • Consultations on the test results and their meanings
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Make use of
our expertise

  • The experts at Biosafe know the EFSA requirements
  • Feed additives are tested according to the relevant standards
  • Reports related to authorisation application are prepared in the form approved by the EFSA

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