Safety and efficacy of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) produced by Ashbya gossypii ■■■■■ for all animal species based on a dossier submitted by BASF SE

nutritional additive, vitamin B2, riboflavin, safety, Ashbya gossypii, genetically modified microorganism, efficacy
First published in the EFSA Journal
12 juillet 2018
13 juin 2018
Scientific Opinion


The European Commission asked EFSA for an opinion on the safety for the target animals, consumer, user and the environment and on the efficacy of a riboflavin‐based additive (minimum 80%) produced by a genetically modified strain of Ashbya gossypii(■■■■■). It is intended to be used in feed for all animal species and categories. The additive under assessment does not give rise to safety concerns on the genetic modification of the production strain. The additive contains 80% of riboflavin (vitamin B2) and 20% of spent growth medium. The additive is safe for target animals with a wide margin of safety. The use of riboflavin 80% produced by A. gossypii ■■■■■ in animal nutrition does not represent a safety concern for consumers. The Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) cannot draw a final conclusion on the risk posed for the user by inhalation of riboflavin produced by A. gossypii ■■■■■ and on the potential to be irritant to skin or eyes. The product under assessment is not a skin sensitiser; however, riboflavin is a known photosensitiser. The use of riboflavin produced by A. gossypii ■■■■■ in animal nutrition does not pose a risk to the environment. The additive is regarded as an effective source of riboflavin in covering the animal's requirement when administered via feed. The FEEDAP Panel made recommendations on the description of the additive.

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 2018;16(7):5337
Question Number
On request from
European Commission
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