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Interim compliance policy for registered feeds containing vitamins A and E

Important update

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is extending its temporary policy for registered feeds containing vitamins A and E until September 30, 2018, which is when the global supply of vitamins A and E is likely to stabilize.

A fire at BASF's Citral plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany on October 31, 2017, has led to a temporary global shortage of Vitamins A and E. Based on current estimates, the situation is likely to last until fall 2018. As a result, feed manufacturers are revising their feed formulations with reduced levels of these vitamins in order to continue to provide feed to livestock. The temporary reformulation of feeds to reduce levels of vitamins A and E is not expected to cause any undue safety or welfare risks to livestock.

A change to the guarantees for vitamins A and E in a registered feed is considered an administrative amendment. Due to the temporary nature of the situation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Animal Feed Division and Pre-Market Application Submissions Office have developed the following interim guidance.

Registrants reformulating feeds in order to conserve their inventory of vitamins A and E will be required to provide a notification of reformulation, and attest that their labelling accurately reflects the nutrient guarantees. The revised guarantees will continue to fall within the requirements of Table IV of the Feeds Regulations, and the guarantees for these vitamins will return to the levels as approved in their registrations when the supply of vitamins A and E has stabilized.

A copy of the notification and attestation form is available upon request via email (paso-bpdpm@inspection.gc.ca).

This interim policy is in effect until September 30, 2018.

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