Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of potassium sorbate for dogs and cats

EFSA Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP)

The feed additive consists of pure potassium sorbate and it is intended to be used as a preservative in semi-moist feed for dogs and cats at a proposed concentration of 5 000 mg/kg feed. Potassium sorbate is considered safe for both dogs and cats at a maximum content of 5 000 mg/kg semi-moist complete feed, based on the limited data available in public literature. Potassium sorbate is a skin and eye irritant and a potential irritant of the respiratory tract. Potassium sorbate is added to food with a wide range of moisture content as preservative. Similar preservative effects can be expected in semi-moist feed for dogs and cats.

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(FEEDAP), EFSA: Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of potassium sorbate for dogs and cats. 2012.

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