Efficacy of bentonite for all species

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Article
Technological additive, mycotoxin binder, bentonite, montmorillonite, aflatoxin, mycotoxins, efficacy
First published in the EFSA Journal
23 June 2011
Adopted
14 June 2011
Type
Scientific Opinion
Abstract

In a previous opinion on bentonite, the Panel concluded that it has the potential to be efficacious as aflatoxin binder in feed of dairy cows, and extended this conclusion to all ruminants. However, the Panel was not in a position to assess the efficacy of the bentonite under application as aflatoxin binder for any other animal species than ruminants due to the absence of data. The applicant has submitted a supplementary dossier to support the efficacy of the additive for all species. However, no new efficacy studies have been provided, only reference to published data. The FEEDAP Panel fully reviewed all data, considerations and statements provided by the applicant in the supplementary dossier. No convincing argument or experimental result could be found which would alter the former position of the Panel. The FEEDAP Panel reiterates therefore, its former conclusion that it can not assess the efficacy of the bentonite under application as aflatoxin binder for any other animal species than ruminants due to the absence of appropriate in vivo data.

Panel members at the time of adoption
Gabriele Aquilina, Georges Bories, Andrew Chesson, Pier Sandro Cocconcelli, Joop de Knecht, Noël Albert Dierick, Mikolaj Antoni Gralak, Jürgen Gropp, Ingrid Halle, Christer Hogstrand, Reinhard Kroker, Lubomir Leng, Secundino López Puente, Anne-Katrine Lundebye Haldorsen, Alberto Mantovani, Giovanna Martelli, Miklós Mézes, Derek Renshaw, Maria Saarela, Kristen Sejrsen and Johannes Westendorf
Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed
Contact
FEEDAP [at] efsa.europa.eu
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2011.2276
EFSA Journal 2011;9(6):2276 [9 pp.].
Question Number
On request from
European Commission
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Number of Pages
9