On request by the the Norwegian Food Safety Authority the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM), Panel on Animal Feed, has assessed the safety to humans and animals with regard to the use of XyRex® formulations with 12.5 ppm sodium chlorite, as recommended by the producer, in RSW on board fishing vessels for pelagic fish.
The XyRex® formulations are antimicrobial agents with sodium chlorite as the active substance.
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has received a request to authorise XyRex® formulations for use in refrigerated sea-water (RSW) tanks on board fishing vessels for pelagic fish caught for production of fish meal/fish oil for use in animal feed. The use of XyRex® formulations on fish for human consumption is not approved in Norway.
The panel on animal feed was responsible for the risk assessment.