Safety and efficacy of cumin tincture (Cuminum cyminum L.) when used as a sensory additive for all animal species

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

Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on the safety and efficacy of cumin tincture (Cuminum cyminum L.) when used as a sensory feed additive for all animal species. The product is a water ethanol (3:1, v/v) solution, which contains of 4-isopropylbenzaldehyde (cuminaldehyde). The FEEDAP Panel concludes that the additive cumin tincture is safe at the maximum proposed use level (30 lL/kg complete feed or water for drinking) for all animal species. No safety concern would arise for the consumer from the use of cumin tincture up to the highest safe level in feeds. No specific data were provided by the applicant regarding the safety of the additive for users. In the absence of data, no conclusions can be drawn on the additive’s potential to be a dermal/eye irritant or a skin sensitiser. The use of cumin tincture at the maximum proposed dose is not considered to be a risk for the environment. Since the major components of the additive are recognised to provide flavour in food and its function in feed would be essentially the same, no demonstration of efficacy is considered necessary.

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(FEEDAP), EFSA: Safety and efficacy of cumin tincture (Cuminum cyminum L.) when used as a sensory additive for all animal species. 2018.

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