The European Commission has published its third update of the EU Catalogue of Feed Materials in the Official Journal. The original catalogue first appeared in 2010 as a stipulation of Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 on the placing on the market and use of feed.

The revision introduces 35 new feed materials, and clarifies and updates a large number of existing entries. For example, there is clearer warning of the possible presence of soap stocks in oilseed meals produced from integrated crushing and refining plants. Proteins and fats derived from insects have been added to the section on feed materials that originate from land animals. The general provisions about the proper handling of fermented products with possible presence of micro-organisms has been reviewed, as has the list of feed materials produced by fermentation, with clarification over the presence of micro-organisms.

Feed businesses should amend their product labels to the new labelling requirements before January 11th 2018.

The next revision is scheduled to commence in autumn 2018, but suggestions for inclusion or change can be made in advance via the website.

The updated list has been welcomed by 42 trade bodies active in the EU feed and food chain, including Fefac, Coceral and Fefana. The third revision was initiated by these organisations, with the proposals largely endorsed by the EU and member state authorities.