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ETHOXYQUIN as anti-oxidant in fishmeal and fish feeds - FACTS

3 July 2015

Summary

Concerns have been reported in different media on the presence of the antioxidant feed additive ethoxyquin (E324) in farmed fish, thereby speculating that eating such fish could be unhealthy. This fact sheet aims to clarify the position of the use and effects of ethoxyquin.

Ethoxyquin is being evaluated for its safety as part of the process to be considered for re-authorisation as an additive in the EU by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). It is currently authorised at 150mg/kg in feed. The anticipated EFSA Opinion will detail if any change is required for the continued safe use of ethoxyquin in the future. The European Commission will base their decision whether to authorise ethoxyquin on EFSA’s Opinion.

Until such time that EFSA’s Opinion becomes available, it can be said that the risk posed by ethoxyquin is neglible as can be seen in the extreme example where a 70kg person would have to consume 1.75kg of salmon (approximately 12 portions of salmon weighing 150g each) per day, containing the highest residue of 0.2 mg/kg ethoxyquin reported in a recent stud, to reach the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 0.005mg/kg set by the World Health Organisation.

Download full statement below:

IFFO ethoxyquin statement - June 2015

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ETHOXYQUIN as anti-oxidant in fishmeal and fish feeds - FACTS