What is stated in the European Commission Regulation authorising use of “Lactobacillus acidophilus (CECT 4529)” as a feed additive for cats and dogs? What are the benefits for the health of animals? In this article, we will explore them together.
On 17 October 2018, the European Commission authorised Centro Sperimentale del Latte (a company of the Sacco System group) to use Lactobacillus acidophilus (CECT 4529) as a probiotic feed additive for cats and dogs.
The authorisation, which is available to read in full here, is based on two previous authorisations issued by the European Commission for use of the preparation of Lactobacillus acidophilus (CECT 4529) as a feed additive for laying hens (Implementing Regulation EU 2015/38) and chickens for fattening (Implementing Regulation EU 2017/2275).
On 19 April 2018, the European Food Safety Authority issued an opinion concluding that “under the proposed conditions of use, the preparation of Lactobacillus acidophilus (CECT 4529) does not have an adverse effect on animal health, human health and the environment. The additive has the potential to improve the stool consistency of cats and dogs.”
The authority therefore considered all requirements to have been met for authorisation for use and has created a usage regulation, a kind of identity card for the probiotic, according to which Lactobacillus acidophilus (CECT 4529) is authorised as an animal feed additive under the following conditions:
Lactobacillus Acidophilus, the probiotic culture for the health of cats and dogs.
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