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Maximum Copper Levels in Cattle Feed Lowered

11 August 2016

EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed modifications to the maximum levels of copper in feed for some animal groups.

The proposed changes recommend a reduction in the maximum copper content in feed for piglets, cattle and dairy cows, and an increase in feed for goats.

These changes will reduce the amount of copper released into the environment, which could potentially play a role in reducing antimicrobial resistance.

EFSA’s Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) recommends that copper content in complete feed for piglets should not exceed 25 mg per kg (down from 170 mg/kg).

The maximum content of copper in complete feed for dairy cows and cattle should be reduced from 35 mg/kg of feed to 30 mg/kg, the Panel says.

For most other animal groups the currently authorised upper levels are unchanged except for goats where the Panel recommends an increase.

The recommended levels are considered sufficient to satisfy the nutritional needs for copper of these animal groups.

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