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EU Copper Reduction Plan Officially Approved

- Aug 03, 2018 -

EU copper reduction plan officially approved

The proposed change in copper content has now been formally approved by the European Commission. It will take effect on August 13, 2018.

EU Regulation 2018/1039 on animal nutrition copper sources was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on July 24. This means that the rule will take effect on the 20th day after the publication of this publication (August 13, 2018).



The transition period will be included in the new regulations, as well as market volumes and raw materials based on “old” copper levels. Photo: Dreamstime

The following changes will be implemented: 

The inclusion level is determined based on the moisture content of 12%.

Piglets: 4 weeks of breastfeeding and weaning after weaning: from 170 mg / kg complete feed

to 150 mg / kg complete feed

Piglets from the 5th week after weaning to 8 weeks after weaning: from 170 mg / kg complete feed to 100 mg / kg complete feed

Cattle (beef and cow): from 35 mg to 30 mg/kg feed.

Cheese (beef and cow) before ruminant start: same at 15 mg / kg feed

Other cattle: from 35 mg to 30 mg/kg feed.

Goat: From 25 mg to 35 mg/kg feed.

Sheep: From 15 mg to 15 mg/kg feed.

Crustaceans: 50 mg / kg feed remains unchanged.

Other animals: remain the same when 25 mg / kg feed

The maximum amount of copper in feed for poultry (including fattening chickens) has not been modified. The current feed level is 25 mg/kg.

Transition time built in

The transition period will be included in the new regulations, as well as market volumes and raw materials based on “old” copper levels. In practice, this means copper compounds authorized by Regulation (EU) No 349/2010 and Regulations (EU) No 269/2012, (EU) No 1230/2014 and (EU) 2016/2261, and premixes containing copper According to the rules applicable before August 13, 2018, products produced and marked before February 13, 2019 can continue to be placed on the market and used before the existing stock is completed.

For non-food animals, feed ingredients and compound feeds reported prior to August 13, 2020 can be used prior to the completion of existing stock.

More realistic reduction

Copper is an essential trace element of all life forms and has many biological functions. However, the high levels of copper used in the past (higher than nutrient requirements) have helped the animals to cope with the positive effects of pathogens, especially young animals (piglets). However, these high levels of copper are exempted by animals and then pose a threat to the environment. Initially, the EU hopes to propose a significant drop in the level of inclusion. FEFAC lobbied for a more realistic plan that takes into account the performance and health of the environment and animals. This is officially approved by the European Union.

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