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On March 2, 2021, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a statement on the safety and effectiveness of tragacanth gum as an additive in all animal feeds.
After evaluation, the expert team was unable to comment on the safety and effectiveness of tragacanth as an additive in all animal feeds. Part of the original report is as follows:
The additive tragacanth gum is intended to be used as a technological additive (category:technological additive; functional groups:emulsifier, stabiliser, thickener, gelling agent) for all animal species. The Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) assessed the data provided by the applicant in the technical dossier. During the course of the assessment, the need for additional information in order to be able to deliver an opinion on the safety and efficacy of this additive was identified and notified to the applicant. The information requested covered the characterisation and identification, the safety for the target species and the efficacy of the additive. The applicant has failed to provide the additional information. Therefore, considering the data provided in the original dossier and the absence of response from the applicant to the requests from EFSA, the FEEDAP Panel is not in a position to deliver an opinion o n the safety and efficacy of the additive tragacanth gum as a technological additive for all animal species.
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