Food supplements aimed for pets denominate complementary feed and its regulation in labelling and composition is completely different from food supplements intended to human consumption, even though the production of both of them must follow the same requests in quality and hygiene. 

Complementary feed define in Regulation 767/2009 as a compound feed which has a high content of certain substances but which, by reason of its composition, is sufficient for a daily ration only if used in combination with other feed.

Components forming the feed product classify in raw materials (for instance, carrots, beef liver…) and additives (for example, vitamin E, Zinc…). It is also mandatory to declare other information such as analytical constituents, instructions for proper use, species or category of animal for which the product is intended…

In today’s post, we will focus on additives.

Additives are included in complementary feed to provide benefits on the final product, and they regulate by Regulation 1831/2003 and its subsequent modifications. Additives in feed products also present a code, of compulsory declaration, different of the code used for products aimed to humans. An example of it is monosodium glutamate that presents the code 2b621 in feed products and the code E-621 in human products.

Additives are classified in different functional foods: technological additives (antioxidants, thickeners…), sensory additives (colourants and flavouring compounds), nutritional additives (vitamins, amin acids…), zootechnical additives (digestibility enhancers…).

Authorities review periodically the additives permitted and its maximum limits, to guarantee the highest level of safety for our pets; for this reason, we keep up with the regulation changes to inform our clients of any modification affecting their products.