VIV Europe Hotline, 21 April: Customers in all markets are confused by the number and variety of quality accreditation schemes applied to feeding materials around the world, claims UK-based feed additives supplier Meriden Animal Health.
Speaking on the second day of the VIV Europe exhibition in the Netherlands, marketing manager Pippa Sprinks said that the recent appearance of more schemes had added to the lack of clarity.
Feedback from the sales team tells us that confusion arises around the different accreditations that are available globally,” she says. “It does not mean that any of the standards is devalued, but the whole basis of having quality procedures in place depends on the customers’ understanding of them.
Therefore we are explaining to our customers the quality procedures to which we adhere. Here on our stand at VIV Europe, we have explained that Meriden is a registered QMS:ISO 9001:2008 company and that both our Orego-Stim additive and our new Fusion product have FEMAS (Feed Materials Assurance Scheme) approval covering the production, process, and the full traceability of all the ingredients.
FEMAS is a fundamental requirement within the UFAS (Universal Feed Assurance Scheme), which ensures safe feed production. UFAS embraces all existing UK and EU feed legislation, Codes of Practice and legislation demanding HACCP and traceability throughout the chain.
In addition, the FEMAS scheme has been recognised by the governing bodies to be equivalent to GMP+ from the PDV animal feed product board in the Netherlands.”