Regulation (EU) 2017/2229 amending Annex I to Directive 2002/32/EC on undesirable substances in animal nutrition was published today.

This new regulation introduces amendments to the sections on Lead, Mercury, Melamine and Decoquinate limits.

It shall enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the OJ.

Among the changes made:

– Copper oxide (I) is added to the category’ Managenous oxide, iron carbonate and copper carbonate’, i. e. a lead limit of 200 mg/kg instead of 100 mg/kg compared to the previous Regulation.

– A specific limit has been introduced for Mercury in tuna (Thunnus spp., Euthynnus spp. Katsuwonus pelamis) and their derivatives for the production of compound feedingstuffs for dogs, cats, ornamental fish and fur animals. This limit was set at 1mg/kg instead of 0.5mg/kg in the anti-serious version of this regulation.

– Establishment of a limit of 20 mg/kg in melamine in guanidinoacetic acid GAA (Additive). Melamine is present in GAA as an impurity.

– Removal of the limit in decoquinate fixed on chickens for fattening during the period prior to slaughter during which the use of decoquinate is prohibited (removal feed).

Know that your Phytocontrol laboratory is able to carry out analyses of Lead, Mercury and Melamine under COFRAC accreditation, the matrices concerned can be consulted via our technical appendix COFRAC N°1-1904 available in your customer area or on the COFRAC website.

You will find attached the corresponding EU regulation: EU Regulation 2017/2229