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FDA APPROVES FOOD ADDITIVE PETITION FOR SELENIUM YEAST

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter July/August 2000 Volume XV, No IV

In the June 6, 2000, Federal Register, FDA announced that it had approved a food additive petition (FAP 2238) that provides for the safe use of selenium yeast as a source of selenium in animal feeds intended for chickens. Under this food additive petition, selenium yeast may be added to complete feed for chickens at a level not to exceed 0.3 part per million. This rule is effective June 6, 2000.

In a notice published in the May 12, 1998, Federal Register, FDA announced that FAP 2238 had been filed by Alltech Biotechnology Center, Nicholasville, KY. FDA has concluded that the data submitted by the firm establish the safety and utility of selenium yeast for use in feeds for chickens. The petition and the documents that FDA considered and relied upon in reaching its decision to approve it are available for inspection at FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine by appointment with Dr. Nelson Chou. Dr. Chou may be reached at Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-228), Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, 301-827-0161. The Agency will delete any materials that are not available for public disclosure before making the documents available for inspection.

Additional information about this approval is contained in the June 6, Federal Register and from Dr. Nelson Chou. Written objections to this approval and requests for a hearing should be submitted by July 6, 2000 to: Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.