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Parliamentary questions
3 October 2017
P-006191-17
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Bart Staes (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Formaldehyde in animal feed
 Answer(s) 

In Europe, formaldehyde has for some time been banned as a disinfectant and for use in building materials. ECHA has classified it as a carcinogen 1B and a mutagen 2 because of the harm that it causes if inhaled. Although a deadline for ECHA will expire on 13 October 2017(1), it is no longer clear what the product’s status is.

Evidently the substance is still being used as an additive in animal feed. Yet Decision 2013/204/EU stipulated that such use was no longer to be permitted from 1 July 2015.

Is the Commission aware that the business Anitox is still marketing formaldehyde in the form of Termin-8 as a preservative for animal feed, which means that it is infringing European legislation?

According to EFSA, this use of formaldehyde is not harmful to consumers, but is it also harmless to workers in the feed sector and to the animals that ingest it?

Can the Commission shed light on the current and future status of formaldehyde in all its forms and applications?

(1) https://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/1cc58141-07a2-49ed-9ef9-c6c4fcf9d74b

Original language of question: NL 
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