EFSA: Scientific Opinion on the safety of a copper chelate of hydroxy analogue of methionine (Mintrex®Cu) as feed additive for all species
Adopted: 16 April 2008
Following a request from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was asked to consider additional data provided by the applicant subsequent to its former opinion on the efficacy and safety of Mintrex®Cu for all animal species.
The Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) assessed the supplementary information supplied by the applicant on the safety for the target animals and consumers.
Tolerance studies in piglets, laying hens and calves for rearing were submitted. Notwithstanding uncertainties due to the shortcomings of these studies, there were no indications suggesting that Mintrex®Cu would present additional or different concerns for tolerance of piglets, laying hens or calves as compared to the authorised copper sulfate. Taking also into account the already assessed safety of Mintrex®Cu for chickens for fattening, the FEEDAP Panel concluded that the use of Mintrex®Cu would not pose a greater safety concern for target species studied than the authorised copper sulfate. Thus, the FEEDAP Panel concluded that Mintrex®Cu is safe for all species up to the maximum copper (Cu) content authorised in feed.