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Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of an essential oil from Cinnamomum camphora (L.) J. Presl (camphor white oil) for use in all animal species (FEFANA asbl)


Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on the safety and efficacy of an essential oil from the whole plant Cinnamomum camphora (L.) J. Presl (camphor white oil), when used as a sensory additive (flavouring) in feed and water for drinking for all animal species. The FEEDAP Panel concluded that the additive is safe up to the maximum proposed use levels in complete feed of 30 mg/kg for piglets, pigs for fattening, sows, horses, rabbits, fish, ornamental fish and dogs and of 50 mg/kg for calves (milk replacer), cattle for fattening, dairy cows, sheep and goats. For the other species, the calculated safe concentration in complete feed is 28 mg/kg for chickens for fattening, 42 mg/kg for laying hens, 37 mg/kg for turkeys for fattening and 22 mg/kg for cats. The FEEDAP Panel considered that the use in water for drinking is safe provided that the total daily intake of the additive does not exceed the daily amount that is considered safe when consumed via feed. No concerns for consumers were identified following the use of the additive at the use level considered safe in feed for the target species. The essential oil under assessment should be considered as irritant to skin and eyes, and as a skin and respiratory sensitiser. The use of the additive under the proposed conditions in animal feed was not expected to pose a risk for the environment. Camphor white oil was recognised to flavour food. Since its function in feed would be essentially the same as that in food, no further demonstration of efficacy was considered necessary.

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