The international version of the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program is nearing implementation, according to the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA). The program has run successfully in the United States since 2004.

The Safe Feed/Safe Food program is a third-party verified program in which more than 350 livestock feed and ingredient facilities, operated by nearly 90 companies, are certified.

Representatives of the European Feed Additives and Premixtures Association (FEFANA) recently met with AFIA team members to discuss details of the international version of the program. The establishment of the International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program was designed to help facilitate U.S. trade with European feed and ingredient customers by providing a tool to illustrate compliance with the European Union’s feed hygiene regulation (Regulation (EC) 183/2005), which requires certification from the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system.

In accordance with the regulation, FEFANA submitted a Guide to Good Practice, detailing options for industry compliance with the regulation. FEFANA officials also designed their own third-party verification system to illustrate compliance with the regulation. This system is known as the European Feed Additives and Premixtures-Quality System, and it is similar to AFIA’s Safe Feed/Safe Food program.

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