Following the communication of the March 2017 CVMP opinion to the EU Commission, the Commission will now consider the opinion in consultation with the Member State governments before making a final decision on the matter. This is not expected before June 2017.
Following the publication of the final decision, and details of the expected transition period, the HPRA will provide a further update on the situation.
The HPRA wishes to stress that the issue does NOT raise any issues of consumer safety or animal safety. Zinc is an essential trace element for humans. Zinc use in animals contributes negligibly to concentrations in edible tissues and is therefore biologically insignificant for the consumer. Zinc oxide has a ‘no MRL required’ status in food-producing animals in the EU.