The revision of EFSA Guidance (2014) on the assessment of the toxigenic potential of Bacillus species used in animal nutrition was well received by FEFANA.
In fact, the Bacillus species have been widely used for decades in microbial feed additives (probiotics and silage inoculants) and as production organisms for enzymes and other fermentation products for feed and food use.
In the revised Guidance, EFSA acknowledged that the link between food-poisoning/toxicity and lipopeptides has not yet been established. During the EFSA consultation, FEFANA joined forces with AMFEP – The Association of Manufacturers and Formulators of Food Enzyme Products – to provide appropriate and highly scientific arguments on the safety of Bacillus. This approach demonstrates that the only way to meet the highest scientific standards is through open dialogue and consultation with all parties and available technical experts and to provide appropriate, high quality and reliable scientific evidence on the safety of Bacillus.