ARLINGTON, Va. — Representatives of the American Feed Industry Association and the Feed Additives and Premixtures Association of the European Union signed an agreement that will permit auditors of American Feed Industry Association’s third-party certification program, Safe Feed/Safe Food, to inspect U.S. manufacturers for compliance with European feed hygiene and ingredient standards.
The agreement will facilitate U.S. trade with European feed and ingredient customers.
Specifically, the agreement will allow the European Feed Additives and Premixtures-Quality System, which is the Feed Additives and Premixtures Association of the European Union’s version of American Feed Industry Association’s Safe Feed/Safe Food program, to train Facility Certification Institute auditors, per European Feed Additives and Premixtures-Quality System requirements.
The Feed Additives and Premixtures Association of the European Union submitted a Guide to Good Practice in accordance with Regulation (EC) 183/2005, and the European Commission recognizes these good practices for the industry.
The guide illustrates how the industry may comply with the feed hygiene regulation.
Importantly, American Feed Industry Association’s agreement will enable Facility Certification Institute auditors to verify compliance with the EU regulation.
This is important since neither the Food and Drug Administration, nor the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will certify compliance with a program those government bodies deem quality-based.