Scientific Opinion on the efficacy of Biosprint® (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) as a feed additive for cattle for fattening

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Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed
Acknowledgements

The Panel wishes to thank the members of the Working Group on Micro-Organisms including Andrew Chesson, Pier Sandro Cocconcelli and Ingrid Halle, for the preparatory work on this scientific opinion

EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2013;11(4):3174 [6 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2013.3174
Panel members at the time of adoption
Gabriele Aquilina, Alex Bach, Vasileios Bampidis, Maria De Lourdes Bastos, Gerhard Flachowsky, Mikolaj Antoni Gralak, Christer Hogstrand, Lubomir Leng, Secundino López-Puente, Giovanna Martelli, Baltasar Mayo, Derek Renshaw, Guido Rychen, Maria Saarela, Kristen Sejrsen, Patrick Van Beelen, Robert John Wallace and Johannes Westendorf.
Type
Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2012-00925
Adopted
13. März 2013
Published
8. April 2013
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Note
Abstract

In a previous opinion on Biosprint, the FEEDAP Panel could not conclude on the efficacy of this additive when used in feed for cattle for fattening because of insufficient evidence. The European Commission has requested the European Food Safety Authority to re-evaluate the efficacy of the additive Biosprint® when used as a zootechnical additive (functional group: gut flora stabilisers) in diets for cattle for fattening at a minimum dose of 4.0 × 109 and a maximum dose of 9.0 × 109 CFU/kg complete feedingstuffs. In the present application, the results of two new efficacy studies performed in cattle for fattening were presented. Both showed significant improvements in final body weight, average daily gain and feed to gain ratio in Biosprint®-treated animals. Taking into account the positive result from the initial application, the FEEDAP Panel concludes that Biosprint® has the potential to be efficacious in cattle for fattening at the dose of 3.6 × 1010 CFU/head per day approximately equating to 4 × 109 CFU/kg feedingstuffs.

Keywords
Zootechnical additive, gut flora stabiliser, Biosprint®, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, cattle for fattening, efficacy
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Number of Pages
6