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Proposed new livestock feed ingredient – Barley protein concentrate: Closed Consultation

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from February 21, 2024 to March 22, 2024

About the consultation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was seeking comments on the following proposed new single ingredient feed (SIF) description for barley protein concentrate.

Background

The Feeds Regulations require a proponent to submit a pre-market application for SIFs that are new, have been modified such that they differ from an approved SIF, or are for a new purpose. The CFIA evaluates the information in the application to establish that the SIF is safe, effective, and labelled correctly.

Approved SIFs are currently listed and defined in Schedules IV and V of the Feeds Regulations, with appropriate guarantees, standards, and labelling requirements. The CFIA will be transitioning to the Canadian Feed Ingredients Table (CFIT) that will be incorporated by reference into the proposed Feeds Regulations, 2024 when they come into effect. In preparation for this new approach, the CFIA is consulting on new or amended SIFs so they can be added to the CFIT once it comes into effect. More information on this is available in the Notice to industry: Consultations on new or amended single ingredient feed descriptions.

About the evaluation

The CFIA's Animal Feed Program (AFP) has completed a detailed evaluation of an application for the approval of a new SIF: barley protein concentrate.

The evaluation considered information related to:

The results of the CFIA's evaluation of available scientific data support the safety and efficacy of barley protein concentrate and its intended purpose as a source of protein in livestock feeds.

Therefore, the CFIA recommends that barley protein concentrate be approved as a new SIF and added to the CFIT accordingly.

Proposed SIF description

The CFIA intends to add barley protein concentrate under the Subclass 3.2.2 (Protein products and by-products of plant origin – Cereals, pulses and legumes) of Class 3 (Protein feeds) in part 1 of the CFIT with the following description:

Barley protein concentrate

is the dried protein fraction obtained by enzymatic hydrolysis to remove most of the starch, beta glucans and fibre from cleaned dehulled or hulless barley. The enzymes used for hydrolysis are inactive in the final product. This product shall be processed in accordance with good manufacturing practices. It shall contain not less than 54% crude protein on a dry matter basis, and it shall contain not more than 10% moisture.

This ingredient is approved for use as a source of protein in livestock feeds.

If a pelleting aid is used, it must be approved for use in livestock feeds, it shall be used at the approved rate, and the common name or names shall be indicated on the label.

If a mould inhibitor is used, it must be approved for use in livestock feeds, it shall be used at the approved rate, and the common name or names shall be indicated on the label.

If an anticaking or flow agent is used, it must be approved for use in livestock feeds, it shall be used in an amount not to exceed 0.5% by weight, and the common name or names shall be indicated on the label.

It shall be labelled with guarantees for minimum percent crude protein, maximum percent crude fat, maximum percent crude fibre, maximum percent ash, and maximum percent moisture.

An ingredient number will be assigned at the time the SIF is added to the CFIT.

Additional information

Barley protein concentrate is a protein concentrated from barley, a plant with a history of safe use in Canada. Therefore, this new SIF was placed in part 1 of the CFIT, along with other plant protein concentrates.

Like other plant protein concentrates in part 1 of the CFIT, barley protein concentrate is approved for all livestock species, with no limitation to use rates. Nutritionists formulating livestock feeds for various livestock species would adjust use rates as needed. However, this SIF shall not contain less than 54% crude protein on a dry matter basis as a compositional standard.

Who was the focus of this consultation

Animal feed stakeholders, including:

All comments are welcome from industry, governments, the public, or other organizations or individuals.

How to participate

The CFIA was seeking feedback on the proposed description for barley protein concentrate.

Stakeholders were encouraged to share comments if there was:

The CFIA evaluators will review scientific questions or information for consideration in the evaluation. They will also evaluate non-scientific input and explore appropriate ways of addressing it.

Comments can be sent by email to the Animal Feed Program (AFP) at cfia.afp-paa.acia@inspection.gc.ca. Please use "barley protein concentrate" in the subject line of the email. The CFIA was asking for comments and feedback by March 22, 2024, 30 days from the date of this posting.

Next steps

The CFIA will review all of the comments received, if no significant scientifically valid concerns are raised, the CFIA will finalize the approval of barley protein concentrate and issue the approval to the applicant. If significant concerns are raised, the CFIA will evaluate the additional information and may, subject to the commenters' consent, forward the comments to the applicant for their response. A what we heard report that summarizes the feedback received will be published.

This SIF will be added to the CFIT at the next update, following publication of the proposed Feeds Regulations, 2024.

Related information

Contact us

Animal Feed Program (AFP)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9
Email: cfia.afp-paa.acia@inspection.gc.ca

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