Safety and efficacy of ponceau 4R for cats, dogs and ornamental fish

Ponceau 4R, colourant, cats and dogs, ornamental fish, safety
First published in the EFSA Journal
29 March 2018
Adopted
6 March 2018
Type
Scientific Opinion
Abstract

Following a request from the European Commission, the 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 ponceau 4R for cats, dogs and ornamental fish. The following ponceau 4R concentrations in complete feed were considered safe: 31 mg/kg for cats, 37 mg/kg for dogs and 137 mg/kg for ornamental fish. Inhalation exposure of ponceau 4R is regarded as hazardous. In the absence of data, the Panel cannot conclude on the irritancy potential of ponceau 4R to skin or eyes. No conclusion could be made on the skin sensitisation of ponceau 4R. Ponceau 4R is effective in adding colour to feedingstuffs.

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
Contact
feedap [at] efsa.europa.eu
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2018.5222
EFSA Journal 2018;16(3):5222
Question Number
On request from
European Commission