Copper sulphate pentahydrate is safe for all animal species up to the maximum total copper content authorised in feed. No concerns for consumer safety are expected from the use of the feed additive. The maximum residue limits (MRLs) for copper in foods of animal origin established by European Union pesticides legislation are not consistent with legal practices in animal nutrition. As copper is an essential micronutrient, the FEEDAP Panel is not in favour of establishing MRLs for animal products, unless there is a clear consumer safety issue; if MRLs are to be maintained, the Panel has proposed amended values.
The additive is an eye irritant and may induce allergic dermatitis in sensitive persons.