Efficacy of Liderfeed® (eugenol) for chickens for fattening

zootechnical additives, other zootechnical additives, Liderfeed®, eugenol, efficacy
First published in the EFSA Journal
14 July 2017
4 July 2017
Last Updated
12 July 2018. This version replaces the previous one/s.
Scientific Opinion


Liderfeed® is intended to be used as a zootechnical additive (functional group: other zootechnical additives) in feed of chickens for fattening to increase the performance. The additive contains eugenol as an active ingredient with some excipients and has not been authorised in the EU for use in food or feed. In 2015, the EFSA Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) adopted an opinion on the safety and efficacy of Liderfeed® as a zootechnical additive for chickens for fattening. In that opinion, the Panel could not conclude on the efficacy of the additive because only two out of the three efficacy studies considered showed a significant effect on the performance of chickens for fattening as a result of the supplementation with the additive. The Commission gave the applicant the possibility of submitting additional information to allow the FEEDAP Panel to complete its assessment. For this reason, additional data have been provided related to the efficacy of the additive for the target species and this new information is the subject of this opinion. The new efficacy study on chickens for fattening is the subject of this assessment; the results of this study indicate an improvement in performance parameters with the use of the additive at 100 mg/kg complete feed. Considering the results of the current study, along with the two efficacy studies already assessed in the previous FEEDAP Panel opinion of 2015, the Panel concludes that Liderfeed® at 100 mg/kg complete feed has the potential to improve the growth of chickens for fattening.

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.europa.eu
EFSA Journal 2017;15(7):4931
Question Number
On request from
European Commission

The full opinion will be published in accordance with Article 8(6) of Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 once the decision on confidentiality, in line with Article 18(2) of the Regulation, will be received from the European Commission.