New EFSA guidance on feed microorganisms into force
The new “Guidance on the characterisation of microorganisms used as feed additives or as production organisms” by the FEEDAP Panel of EFSA entered into force in the beginning of September 2018. This guidance assists the applicants seeking authorization for their products in proper characterization of the microorganism, whether genetically modified or not. Compared to previous guidance, one significant change is that whole genome sequence analysis is required for bacteria and yeasts and also recommended for fungi. This serves the purpose of improved overall characterization of the microorganism, including taxonomic identification and the presence of both intrinsic and introduced antibiotic resistance genes or virulence factors. A particular attention has been paid to the antimicrobials considered by World Health Organization as critically or highly important.
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