Animal Feed: Additives

Health written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry Conservative, Banbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Additives for Use in Animal Nutrition (England) Regulations 2003 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

One-off costs will be borne by feed additive manufacturers in relation to changes in information required on labels. Detailed figures are not available from the industry, but these are unlikely to be significant.

Recurring costs for businesses will relate mainly to authorisation or re-authorisation of feed additives. The additional cost of authorisation for new feed additives is estimated by the industry to be in the range £10,000 to £100,000 depending on the complexity of the dossier. It is not possible to provide estimates for the cost of re-authorisations as this is dependant on guidelines yet to be issued by the European Commission.

Costs to regulators will be negligible.

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