Safety and efficacy of lecithins (Lipidol) for all animal species

lecithins, safety, efficacy, technological additive, emulsifier
First published in the EFSA Journal
10 August 2016
13 July 2016
Scientific Opinion


Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on the safety and efficacy of lecithins (Lipidol) for all animal species. The additive consists predominantly of lecithins and other extracted substances. Lecithins are usually phospholipids, composed of phosphoric acid with choline (or ethanolamine, inositol, serine or hydrogen in phosphatidic acid), glycerol and one or two fatty acids. Lecithins are safe for all target species. Setting a maximum content for lecithins is not considered necessary. The use of lecithins in animal nutrition does not pose any risk to the consumer. Lecithins are not irritant to the skin and eyes, not skin sensitisers and not harmful by inhalation. No risk for the environment is expected from the use of lecithins in animal nutrition. Lecithins are considered efficacious as emulsifiers at the recommended use levels.

Panel members at the time of adoption

Gabriele Aquilina, Giovanna Azimonti, Vasileios Bampidis, Maria de Lourdes Bastos, Georges Bories, Andrew Chesson, Pier Sandro Cocconcelli, Gerhard Flachowsky, Jürgen Gropp, Boris Kolar, Maryline Kouba, Secundino López Puente, Marta López-Alonso, Alberto Mantovani, Baltasar Mayo, Fernando Ramos, Guido Rychen, Maria Saarela, Roberto Edoardo Villa, Robert John Wallace and Pieter Wester
Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed
feedap [at]
EFSA Journal 2016;14(8):4560
Question Number
On request from
European Commission