EFSA looking at risk from presence of nickel in feed

The EU Commission has asked EFSA to provide a report on the available occurrence data on nickel in feed and to provide estimates of animal exposure to that naturally occurring metal. 

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has promised to deliver its findings on that issue in June 2019, saying that timeline should be sufficient for it to consider the information on nickel in feed it received under a call for data​​ open until the end of this month. 

EFSA’s Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM Panel) published a scientific opinion​​ on the risks to animal and public health and the environment to the presence of nickel in feed in 2015. However, there were notable data gaps identified. 

The CONTAM Panel concluded then that any adverse impact of nickel via feed to production animals, horses and cats is unlikely. In terms of human health risks from the presence of nickel in food of animal origin, it had concerns about certain age classes with high dietary exposure to nickel

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