According to EFSA opinion of October 2015, ethoxyquin additive is considered a powerful antioxidant in feed.
However, absence of adverse effects of ethoxyquin could not be established on basis of information and documents provided.
On the other hand, absence of genotoxicity of one of its metabolites ethoxyquin quinoneimine could not be demonstrated and p-phenetidine, an impurity of this additive, is recognized as a possible mutagenic agent.

Accordingly, Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2017/962 published on 8 June 2017 suspends authorization of ethoxyquin as an additive for feeding all species and categories of animals.
This Regulation shall apply from 28 June 2017.

Transitional measures have been put in place:
– Existing stocks of ethoxyquine additive and premixtures containing this additive may continue to be placed on the market until 28 September 2017 and may be used until 28 December 2017.
– Feed materials and compound feedingstuffs produced with the ethoxyquine additive or premixtures containing this additive may continue to be placed on the market until 28 December 2017 and may be used until 28 March 2018 .

Specific transitional measures:
– (a) The ethoxyquin additive and premixtures containing this additive which are to be incorporated into the raw materials referred to in entry 7.1.2 (Dried seaweeds) and Chapter 10 (Fish, other aquatic animals and Catalog products Of raw materials established by Commission Regulation (EU) No 68/2013 (in PJ) may continue to be placed on the market until 30 September 2019 (and used up to three months thereafter) to Condition that the label of the ethoxymic additive or premixtures containing this additive mentions anticipated incorporation into these raw materials.
– (b) Raw materials for foods referred to in subparagraph (a) produced with the ethoxyquin additive or premixtures containing the additive may continue to be placed on the market until 31 December 2019 (and used up to 3 months later).

-(c) The compound feedingstuffs produced with the raw materials referred to in (b) may continue to be placed on the market until 31 March 2020 (and used up to 3 months thereafter)

Other specific transitional measures:
– (a) the ethoxyquin additive to be incorporated into the following additive preparations authorized in the Union in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 may continue to be placed on the market until 31 March 2018 (and used until ‘ To the 3rd month), provided that the label of the ethoxyquin additive mentions incorporation into these additive preparations (preparations of vitamin A, D, E, K, lutein, zeaxanthin, ethyl-Beta-apo-8’- Carotenic, citranaxanthin, capsanthin, astaxanthin, astaxanthin dimethyl disuccinate, canthaxanthin, beta-carotene).
– (b) preparations of additives referred to in paragraph (a) containing the ethoxyquin additive and premixtures containing such additive preparations may continue to be placed on the market until 30 June 2018 (and used until 30 June 2018) 3 months later).
– (c) Feed materials and compound feedingstuffs containing the products referred to in (b) may continue to be placed on the market until 30 September 2018 (and used up to 3 months thereafter).

Phytocontrol is able to look for ethoxyquin in animal feed.
We invite you to contact your regional agency for more details.