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Organic Germanium As A Feed Additive Safety Issue

- Sep 14, 2018 -

Organic germanium as a feed additive safety issue

Organic germanium feed additives commonly used in pig farming in China are being questioned by the public. The official response of the Ministry of Agriculture on the evening of 20th: There is not enough scientific data to prove that the standardized and rational use of organic alfalfa feed additives will bring food safety risks. However, the clarification of the Ministry of Agriculture did not dispel the doubts of experts.

The Ministry of Agriculture stated:

No data proves that there is a security risk

According to the official response of the Ministry of Agriculture, in accordance with international practice, China approved the use of aramidonic acid and rosacea in 1993 and 1996 respectively, allowing it to be used as a feed additive. Because organic bismuth also promotes hemoglobin synthesis and improves the nutritional function of pig skin, pigs consume a certain amount of organic bismuth additives, which appear to be ruddy and shiny in appearance. This is not a "chronic poisoning" of pigs that some people mistakenly believe. . The organic mash that enters the animal's body through the feed additive is basically discharged from the faeces in the original form, and is standardized and rationally used without causing excessive residue. Up to now, there is not enough scientific data to show that organic germanium may be converted into inorganic arsenic in animals and in the environment, and there is not enough scientific data to prove that the rational use of organic germanium feed additives will bring food safety risks.

The industry said:

EU, US and Japan companies have long since been deactivated

Most experts have expressed their approval for the statement that “standard and reasonable use will not cause excessive residue”, but can it be ensured that “standardized and rational use” is achieved in reality? In this regard, Dong Liangjie, the inventor of microbos arsenic and heavy metal filtration technology, said that this is not the case. The Johns Hopkins University public health professor found that the arsenic content in Chinese feed is too high, 21 times higher than the United States. At the same time, the study found that the proportion of inorganic arsenic in Chinese feed is 37%-46%. Inorganic arsenic passes through the food chain, causing harm to consumers, contacts and the environment.

Tyson Foods Inc., the largest poultry producer in the European Union, Japan and the United States, has long since stopped using arsenic-containing additives, and the Ministry of Agriculture also banned the addition of organic bismuth preparations to feeds in the 2001 Regulations on the Use of Non-Pollution Foods - Pig Feeding Feeds. Therefore, it cannot be said that the addition of organic germanium is an "international practice."

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