Agreement to Assist in EU Feed Trade
February 16, 2009
REPRESENTATIVES of the American
Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA)
and FEFANA, the Feed Additives &
Premixtures Association of the European
Union, recently signed an agreement that
will permit auditors of AFIA’s third-party
certifi cation program, Safe Feed/Safe
Food (SF/SF), 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. The agreement was
signed Jan. 26 during the joint International
Feed Expo-International Poultry
Expo in Atlanta, Ga.
“Our members tell us Europe remains
a top destination for U.S. feed and feed
ingredients,” said Joel G. Newman, AFIA
president and chief executive offi cer.
“Since the EU arguably has the most
stringent feed regulatory program with
the implementation of HACCP (hazard
analysis and critical control points programs),
we feel it is best to design a
program for members that provides access
to 27 member-states as a fi rst step
in our international SF/SF Certifi cation
Specifi cally, the agreement will allow
the European Feed Additives & Premixtures-
Quality System (FAMI-QS), which
is FEFANA’s version of AFIA’s SF/SF program,
to train Facility Certifi cation Institute
(FCI) auditors per FAMI-QS requirements.
AFIA agreed to grant reciprocity
for fi rms in FAMI-QS since the program
has the same components of the SF/SF
program. The key difference between
the AFIA and FEFANA programs is
FAMI-QS recognition of EU Regulation
(EC) 183/2005, which requires HACCP
principles be implemented in feed and
feed ingredient facilities.
FEFANA 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, AFIA’s agreement will enable
FCI auditors to verify compliance
with the EU regulation. This is important
since neither the Food & Drug Administration
nor the U.S. Department
of Agriculture will certify compliance
with a program those government bodies
deem quality-based. In fact, no government
body will inspect and verify a
fi rm’s compliance with this regulation,
leaving exporters to rely on valid thirdparty
certifi cation systems.
“We want a strong alliance for our
members, and we believe the best method
to help validate compliance with EU
regulations is to work with a partner
organization that already has a guide to
good practice that is recognized by the
European Commission,” said Newman.
Additionally, this new agreement has
the potential to affect both U.S. importers
and exporters of feeds and feed
ingredients in two ways: First, it offers
a tool for validating EU regulatory compliance
for exporters; second, under
the U.S. government’s Food Protection
Plan, fi rms importing under recognized
third-party certifi cation systems will
be prioritized for incoming inspections
based on a risk-ranking approach.
AFIA has cooperated with FDA’s Center
for Veterinary Medicine to further
the process of obtaining formal recognition
of SF/SF as a risk-ranking certifi
cation program in the Animal Feed
Safety System and under the Food Protection
Plan that was assembled by
President George Bush via executive
order in the summer of 2007. Therefore,
SF/SF reciprocity with FAMI-QS
has the potential to benefit importers.
AFIA and FEFANA representatives
currently are in the midst of planning
the logistics of training FCI auditors to
inspect U.S. fi rms based on FAMI-QS
requirements. AFIA hopes to have the
program accepting applications by
late summer of 2009.
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