First botanical additive authorized in EU

The dry grape extract developed and commercialized by Nor-Feed becomes the 1st botanical sensory additive authorized for animal nutrition by the European Commission. Nor-Feed is thus recognized for its work on grape extract characterization and standardization, which started shortly after the company was established, back in 2003.
The European Commission’s decision was voted unanimously by the Plants Committee of the Animal Nutrition & Veterinary Medicines (ANVM) during a regulatory session in November last year. It was preceded by the positive opinion published by the European Food Safety Authority Scientific Committees in June 2016 and the evaluation of Nor-Feed methods of analysis by the European Reference Laboratory (EURL), in March 2016.
The EFSA had stressed the efficacy and safety of the use of dry grape extract in animal feed.
Many Animal Health & Nutrition industry are already using the product to compensate for oxidative stress in animal farming and bring water-soluble biological antioxidants, using Nor-Feed publications to build their own dossier.
Nor-Grape 80 is the first and only dry grape extract that has received authorization from the European Union. Its guaranteed content of polyphenols of several types is particularly interesting for the several industry stakeholders like premixers, food manufacturers and breeders.
The decision is important in following two ways: “The presence of the dry grape extract on the official European Union Register is for us – and our customers – the guarantee that our product is duly standardized and based on sound and validated scientific bases”, said Alexia Lepont, Head of Nor-Feed Quality and Regulatory Affairs. “To our knowledge, there is no other product based on grape extract being currently evaluated by EFSA.”
Grape extracts are an essential R&D topic at Nor-Feed and have been for more than 10 years.
Source: nor feeds