Regulatory round up 2022: end of year reflections

Posted 10 January, 2023


Our team is rested and ready to take on 2023, but first, let us take a moment to reflect on the year that has passed focusing on the highlights of each month: 

In January, EFSA issued a positive opinion on the 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). 

February saw the race towards regulatory approval of Cultivated Meat in the US gain momentum with these 5 companies being the leaders of the pack. Cultivated Meat remains a big topic within the regulatory field and President Biden has approved funding for this initiative to combat the environmental impact of farming with animals.

Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) was asked to deliver an opinion on beta‐lactoglobulin (BLG) as a novel food (NF) pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283. No adverse effects were observed in the subchronic toxicity study, up to the highest dose tested, i.e. 1,000 mg NF/kg bw per day. The Panel concludes that the NF is safe under the proposed conditions of use.

Pen & Tec released an article in May covering new opportunities and challenges for novel protein authorisations.

June was a busy month and Pen & Tec attended industry events, Future Food Tech in New York being one of them where Justyna Palasinska hosted a round table discussion. 

EFSA’s scientists could not establish the safety of cannabidiol (CBD) as a novel food due to data gaps and uncertainties about potential hazards related to CBD intake.

Commission Regulation (EU) 2022/1104 of 1 July 2022 amending Regulation (EU) No 68/2013 on the Catalogue of feed materials.

Other big news in July was that Pen & Tec Consulting was aquired by Argenta Global. Read more about what the future has in store for our customers in this short article.

Commission Regulation (EU) 2022/1393 of 11 August 2022 amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) in hemp seeds and products derived therefrom.

Technical Marketing Manager, Dawn Botha, wrote an article for Feed and Additive Magazine which gave customers Guidance on how to register a Mycotoxin binder.

On 26 September 2022, the Singapore Food Agency released an updated version of their guidance document. The most important changes to the document were highlighted for our customers here.

September was once again a busy month in terms of industry events and Pen & Tec attended Future Food Tech in London as well as Feedinfo Summit in Barcelona.

A report has been published by the FSA which analyses the past 20 years of data for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Campylobacter from chicken in the UK.

Pen & Tec published another article drafted by Dawn Botha for Feed and Additive Magazine. This time, the topic was “Non-conventional Alternative proteins in feed Regulations in the EU. Is it the answer to less soymeal in animal feed?”

In November, Pen & Tec Consulting, together with their partners, Klifovet, attended EuroTier in Hannover Germany.

Ending off the year with a final article, Petfood trends were the topic of discussion in the last edition of Feed and Additive Magazine for 2022.

Whilst 2022 has seen a lot of exciting changes for Pen & Tec, we remain committed to our customers to provide them with the best regulatory services available within Europe and soon the rest of the world now that we are part of the Argenta Group.

We wish all our customers a prosperous 2023 and look forward in partnering with them to assist in bringing their products to market.