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EU approval for methane-reducing feed additive

Royal DSM had received landmark EU market approval for its methane-reducing feed additive, Bovaer®.

The global purpose-led science-based company can now market its methane-reducing feed additive for dairy cows, following its inclusion in the EU registry.

According to the company, this is the first time the EU has authorised a feed additive for environmental benefits.

The European Commission’s confirmation of approval states it is safe for use without impacting the quality of dairy products.

The firm claims that it is the “first of its kind” within the EU, which can reduce methane emissions.

It claims its product “consistently” reduces methane emissions from dairy cows by around 30%.

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It views securing EU market authorization as a “ground-breaking” step toward more sustainable milk production.

They believe the product gives farmers, dairy companies and retailers a “trusted and safe” product with proven efficacy that will “substantially” lower dairy’s carbon footprint.

The company stated that the dairy industry has an “important” role. It added that enteric methane from dairy cows is responsible for up to 60% of the global greenhouse gas emissions from milk production.

Geraldine Matchett, Co-CEO DSM believes the product has “the power to truly revolutionise” the global dairy industry.

Reduced climate impact

Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-CEO DSM, said Bovaer® is scientifically proven as an effective solution to the “immense” challenge of methane emissions in animal farming.

“We look forward to introducing Bovaer® to the European market. We know farmers and dairy companies share our eagerness to act.”

“This solution enables us to work together to offer consumers dairy products with a greatly reduced climate impact.”

DSM has entered into partnerships with some dairy companies to prepare for implementing Bovaer® at a large scale.

Furthermore, DSM has already begun engineering works for a large-scale Bovaer® plant at its manufacturing site in Dalry, Scotland.

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