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AFIA urges FDA to maintain separate animal feed, food FSMA rules

AFIA forms working groups to focus on different sections of FSMA law
In comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the Food Safety Modernization Act’s preventive controls requirements, the American Feed Industry Association urged FDA to maintain the spirit and specifics of the new law’s separations for human food and animal food regulations. FSMA requires FDA to publish final preventive control rules by July 2012, which AFIA says represents the largest change in regulation of feed, pet food and ingredients in history. 
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Wheat replacing barley in German animal feed

Cold winter, spring drought, summer rain contribute to poor quality
Livestock farmers in Germany have been replacing barley with wheat in their animal feed due to a cold winter, springtime drought and summer rain that have resulted in a decline in the size and quality of the country's barley harvests, according to reports. According to the farm ministry, estimates on the winter barley crop have fallen 21.6% to 6.76 million metric tons. 
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Feed ingredients company seeks partners for Middle East expansion

Borregaard LignoTech wants local partners for animal feed additives business
Borregaard LignoTech, an animal feed ingredients company, is expanding its business in the Middle East and India, and seeks partners for its animal feed additives business in these regions. The company says it wishes to establish Borregaard LignoTech as a long-term supplier with the help of prospective partners that already have a strong local presence in these markets.
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JBS United, DeKalb Feeds partner on feed manufacturing

Companies to use existing Iowa feed mill for joint venture
JBS United and DeKalb Feeds have entered into a joint venture, Central Nutrition Services LLC, focusing on manufacturing livestock feeds and nutritional supplements for both JBS and DeKalb and their customers throughout the Midwest. The venture takes advantage of an existing Frytown, Iowa, mill facility which DeKalb acquired in September 1996, and which has never been fully utilized. 
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Chinese livestock, feed industry summit to be held in November

Industry summit organized by China's Zhengchang Group
The 7th Association of China Feed Industry Summit will be held in November, in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, organized by Chinese feed machinery manufacturer Zhengchang Group. Leaders from feed companies that produce 90% of China’s feed products will share insights on the future trends of China's feed industry.
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GM animal guidance issued by Europe food safety authority

Risk assessment of safe food, feed up for public comment through September
The European Food Safety Authority has issued a guidance document outlining specific data requirements and the methodology to be followed for risk assessment should applications for food or animal feed derived from genetically modified animals be submitted for market authorization in the European Union. The guidance provides a risk assessment approach that compares GM animals and derived food and animal feed with their respective conventional counterparts. 
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Mexico corn output drops, imports hit record

Frost damages country's crop, futures rise due to supply concerns
Mexico's domestic corn output estimates have dropped to 22 million metric tons, from an original estimate of 25.1 million metric tons, forcing the country to increase their estimated imports by 36% to 12.1 million metric tons, according to Hector Salazar, the secretary general of the National Confederation of Farmers. Corn futures have already surged by 69% in the last year due to supply concerns, and Mexico's crops were cut by 4.5 million metric tons after frost last winter in the northern region, according to the country's Agriculture Ministry. 
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Novus, biotech company partner to develop animal nutrition enzymes

Companies will share equally in costs, profits
Novus International Inc. and biotechnology company Verenium Corporation have partnered to develop and commercialize animal nutrition enzymes targeting the poultry, swine, beef, dairy and aquaculture markets. The partnership, which will include equal shares in representation, costs and profits for both companies, will allow Verenium to "become a more active participant in the animal health and nutrition marketplace," said James Levine, president and CEO of Verenium.
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US should end current biofuels policy

Balance in U.S. policies involving food and fuel production not only is in the interest of the nation but is crucial to the survival of the meat and poultry industries. Reducing overall mandates for corn-ethanol and adopting flexible mandates would be a good start to a more balanced and rational policy.
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France drought causes animal feed shortage, early livestock slaughtering

French paper reports 10% increase in livestock slaughtering as a result of drought
One of the most severe droughts in a half-century in France has caused a shortage in animal feed, resulting in a 10% increase in livestock slaughtering, France’s Les Echos reported. France began slaughtering its milk cows nearly 10 months ago, according to the country’s national crop office FranceAgriMer.
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