Thursday, 8 December 2005
Department of Agriculture and Food
Food Safety Standards
Question 172: To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food her views on the recent decision of the European Food Safety Authority to allow the use of formaldehyde as a growth enhancer in chicken feed; and the steps she will take to ensure producers and consumers are informed on the matter. [38511/05]
Feed additives are regulated at EU level under Regulation (EC) 1831/2004. Formaldehyde is currently authorised for use as a preservative in skim milk for use in pig nutrition. Following an application for authorisation, the European Food Safety Authority published an opinion in September 2004 concerning the use of formaldehyde in feed for fattening chickens. Despite this opinion, which was mostly favourable, the Commission expressed concerns about the use of the additive and referred the matter for further scientific evaluation. This new evaluation is ongoing, and in the meantime, formaldehyde is not currently authorised for use in chicken feed.