Alimentazione - La commissione Europea bandisce 87 additivi per il Pet Food

Food - The European Commission bans 87 additives for Pet Food

Adelchi Rainone

To our great pleasure (and fortunately) in the world of Pets, attention towards foods intended for our furry friends is increasing. Proof of this is the fact that even in Europe we are starting to focus our attention on the compositions of foods intended for pet animals.

In fact, on 7 May, the European Commission regulated the use of additives used for the production of pet food, approving this use with recommendations no. 2011/25/UE eliminating uncertainties and regulatory gaps. These recommendations, in short, prohibit the use of preservatives, vitamins and provitamins and botanically defined substances, which will mean that many European manufacturers will have to review the formulation of their products.

To give some examples, within the maximum limit of 30 May 2023, and gradually, sodium and potassium citrates can no longer be used as preservatives; feed can no longer be added with numerous forms of vitamin B2 and beta-carotene.

In addition to what has been mentioned, blackcurrant extract, lavender oil, lemon balm oil, valerian root tincture, yucca extract (the latter particularly used in kibble to limit the smell of dog and cat feces).

For the near future, therefore, the quality level, so to speak, of feed for our four-legged friends will rise.

This shows how important the choice of food is for our loyal friends.

Today there is already the possibility on the market to choose products that do not already contain these additives and which actually comply with the standards for food intended for human consumption. Choosing a Human Grade product means taking care of your pet, helping it to feel good in all phases of its life.

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