Comments on maximum limits for fluorine in feed materials
Rapportnr: 2005: 25
The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM), Panel on animal feed, was asked by The Norwegian Food Safety Authority to comment whether the increase in the maximum limit for fluorine in feed materials - phosphates and marine crustaceans such as marine krill and fish feed proposed by FEFAC - would pose a threat to fish health or to the consumer.
In February 2005 FEFAC (the European Feed Manufacturers Federation) submitted a document to the European Commission proposing to increase the maximum fluorine limits in marine krill. They also suggested raising the fluorine maximum limit in fish feed from 150 to 350 mg/kg.
The reasons given for proposing the increases in the document submitted to the European Commission were primarily related to background occurrence of fluorine in krill, as opposed to an assessment of the risk to the target animal or to the consumer, although brief reference were made to these issues.