Formaldehyde makes good chicken feed, EFSA concludes

October 14, 2004, as reported by The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has okayed the use of the generally toxic chemical formaldehyde in chicken feed.

EFSA’s Scientific Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) concluded that the chemical used as a fattener can be safely fed to chickens as long as dosage limits are respected. The panel saw no ill effects to the chickens when dosages did not exceed 660 mg per kg of feed but noted that there “was little margin for error (over dosage) before adverse effects were apparent”.

Formaldehyde is already authorised in the European Union (EU) for use in skimmed milk for piglets up to the age of six months and within silage for all livestock.