Safety and efficacy of Natuphos® E (6-phytase) as a feed additive for avian and porcine species

safety, efficacy, zootechnical additives, 6-phytase, poultry and pigs
First published in the EFSA Journal
14 November 2017
28 September 2017
Last Updated
15 December 2017. This version replaces the previous one/s.
Scientific Opinion

Natuphos® E is a feed additive that contains a 6-phytase available in powder, granulated and liquid forms which is intended to be used as a feed additive for avian and porcine species. The production strain of the phytase present in the product is a genetically modified strain of Aspergillus niger. The EFSA Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) concluded that the genetic modification of the production strain does not give rise to safety concerns. The production strain and its DNA were not detected in the concentrate used to formulate the products. Based on the tolerance studies provided, the Panel concluded that the additive is safe for the target species under the conditions of use with a wide margin of safety. The Panel also concluded that the use of the product as a feed additive does not give rise to concerns for consumers. Evidence was provided showing that the additive is not toxic by inhalation or irritant for skin or eyes, however, it should be regarded as a dermal sensitiser and a potential respiratory sensitiser. The use of the additive as a feed additive poses no risks to the environment. Based on the efficacy studies provided, the Panel concluded that the additive has the potential to be efficacious in chickens for fattening, turkeys for fattening, piglets, pigs for fattening and sows. These conclusions were extended to chickens reared for laying, turkeys reared for breeding and extrapolated to minor poultry species and other avian species for fattening and to the point of lay and to minor porcine species. The Panel considered that there was insufficient information to conclude on the efficacy in laying hens.

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, Marta López-Alonso, Secundino López Puente, 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 2017;15(11):5024
On request from
European Commission