The British Standards Institution has launched a new Publically Available Specification for animal food and feed to reduce food safety risks along the food supply chain.

PAS 222 — prerequisite programs for food safety in the manufacture of food and feed for animals — aims to ensure confidence in animal food and feed production by collecting good animal food, feed and ingredient practices from manufacturers around the world. The new specification will potentially reduce production costs for those who adhere to the good practices it sets out and help manufacturers meet their clients’ requirements to demonstrate the quality of their food safety systems.

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“By working closely with leading animal food, feed and governmental organizations around the world, the BSI has developed voluntary requirements that will help lower the risk of food safety hazards across the food supply chain,” said Mike Low, director of British standards. “The specification outlines a set of clear, concise and uncomplicated requirements for animal food and feed producers to follow, enabling them to easily and rapidly implement good practices within their day-to-day operations. We believe adoption of these collective practices will facilitate the capture of supply-chain efficiencies within the animal food and feed industry while continuing to protect animal and public health.”