Safety and efficacy of cumin tincture (Cuminum cyminum L.) when used as a sensory additive for all animal species

sensory additives, tincture, cumin, Cuminum cyminumL., safety
First published in the EFSA Journal
17 May 2018
Adopted
17 April 2018
Type
Scientific Opinion
Abstract

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 cumin tincture (Cuminum cyminum L.) when used as a sensory feed additive for all animal species. The product is a water ethanol (3:1, v/v) solution, which contains ■■■■■ of 4‐isopropylbenzaldehyde (cuminaldehyde). The FEEDAP Panel concludes that the additive cumin tincture is safe at the maximum proposed use level (30 μL/kg complete feed or water for drinking) for all animal species. No safety concern would arise for the consumer from the use of cumin tincture up to the highest safe level in feeds. No specific data were provided by the applicant regarding the safety of the additive for users. In the absence of data, no conclusions can be drawn on the additive's potential to be a dermal/eye irritant or a skin sensitiser. The use of cumin tincture at the maximum proposed dose is not considered to be a risk for the environment. Since the major components of the additive are recognised to provide flavour in food and its function in feed would be essentially the same, no demonstration of efficacy is considered necessary.

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.2018.5273
EFSA Journal 2018;16(5):5273
Question Number
On request from
European Commission
Disclaimer
Relevant information or parts of this scientific output have been blackened in accordance with the confidentiality requests formulated by the applicant pending a decision thereon by the European Commission. The full output has been shared with the European Commission, EU Member States and the applicant. The blackening will be subject to review once the decision on the confidentiality requests is adopted by the European Commission.