Antibiotic reduction, gut health and microbiota management occupied center stage at Feed Additives 2017, the first conference organized by Feed Info media in Frankfurt (https://www.feedadditives-global.com/). During this 3-days event, two of our colleagues were invited to speak to an audience of over 400 industry experts.
R &D Director Dr Mathieu Castex, was the probiotic voice in a panel discussion dedicated to: Advancements in the field of Eubiotic and Phytogenic Additives and challenges ahead.
He highlighted three key aspects with regard to probiotics
1) The scientific advancement in microbiota management: “Probiotic documentation is well advanced, we have gained understanding of strain-specificity and tremendous progress has been made in unraveling some of the mechanisms at play, highlighting benefits beyond standard performance indicators, for example on reproduction, immunity, behavior.”
2) The practical implementation of these findings for the end-users. For example, on-farm tools to assess gastrointestinal health and products effects provide valuable indicators.
3) The challenges ahead, including regulatory frameworks, which are not always aligned with practical usages and scientific knowledge.
However, according to Castex, this should not curb innovation: “We have to make regulators consider the role of probiotics for a more prudent use of antimicrobials and address the question of antimicrobial resistance.” He added:” Let’s not wait for the regulation to change, let’s innovate within the current framework”. Well documented effects and modes of action are instrumental in this direction.
Speaking of regulatory framework, Bernadette Okeke, Director of Trade and Government Affairs & Senior Advisor regulatory Affairs, and a board member of the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures (FEFANA), gave a lecture on behalf of the Association about The landscape of specialty feed ingredients regulation in Europe.
“Through self-regulation, the industry could do more to get innovative, safe and efficient solutions on the market,” Okeke says. “This self-regulation standard is already the case in the US through self-GRAS affirmation.”
After an introduction of the role of FEFANA, she gave on overview of the European procedures for registering specialty feed ingredients, EFSA’s role in the regulation processes and the new guidance. Okeke concluded with the market perception of the current system.