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November 22, 2016

EU Circular Economy Mission in China – Ruud Tijssens on speaker panel

FEFAC President Ruud Tijssens, accepted the invitation of the Director General of DG ENVI, Mr Daniel Calleja-Crespo, to join the EU Circular Economy Mission in China, from 22-24 November 2016. The main objective of the mission, attended by European and Chinese industry leaders of the Environmental technology and recycling sector, as well as top EU and Chinese Ministry officials, is to investigate technological and finical frameworks which could stimulate mutual investment in innovative “green” industrial and service projects. Ruud Tijssens will share the feed industry perspective on the circular economy concept in the EU feed and livestock sector.» read more
November 21, 2016

FEFAC draws the attention of Commissioner Andriukaitis to the role of animal nutrition in the fight against AMR

On the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November 2016), FEFAC sent a letter to the European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis stating the importance of including nutritionally optimised animal feed as a tool in the development of the EU One-Health action plan to reduce antimicrobial resistance.» read more
November 18, 2016

European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2016: EPRUMA reiterates commitment to responsible use

In the light of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November 2016, EPRUMA has reiterated its pledge to promote the responsible use of all veterinary medicines, including antibiotics, as part of the One-Health approach. The 10 member associations, including FEFAC, collaborate on the facilitation of information exchange on best practices and the increased transparency on antibiotic use at farm level.» read more
November 17, 2016

International year of pulses: joint FEFAC, Copa-Cogeca and Coceral event at the European Parliament on 29 November 2016

In the context of the international year of pulses, FEFAC, Copa-Cogeca and Coceral will organise a workshop at the European Parliament on 29 November 2016 at 18:30 hrs. Mr Petri Sarvamaa, MEP, will host the event.» read more
October 25, 2016

EU Commission website on new rules for official controls in feed and food

Further to the political agreement on the recasting of the EU Regulation on Official Feed and Food Controls, a new Regulation is expected to be adopted and published in the official journal in March 2017, with measures being implemented stepwise, some within a year after publication and others within 6 years. The EU Commission will have to draft within these 6 years many different delegated and implementing acts and decided to involve stakeholders all along the process, via a public website.» read more
October 20, 2016

10 year anniversary of the Soy Moratorium

On 19 October 2016, an event dedicated to the 10 year anniversary of the Soy Moratorium was held in São Paolo, Brazil. The Soy Task Force (GTS) announced that soy not compliant with the Soy Moratorium represents only around 1% of the total deforested area in the Amazon Biome, showing the effectiveness of the public-private agreement as well as the very limited influence of soy production on illegal deforestation in that region over the past decade.» read more
October 19, 2016

Animal Task Force seminar on 16 November 2016 in Brussels

The Animal Task Force, a European Public-Private Platform promoting sustainable and competitive livestock farming in Europe, has published the programme for their seminar on 16 November 2016 on the circular bioeconomy in animal production.» read more
October 14, 2016

IFIF & FAO continue to strengthen collaboration on critical issues

On 6-7 October 2016, IFIF and the FAO held their 15th annual meeting at FAO Headquarters in Rome to further strengthen their collaboration on ensuring safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food.» read more
October 14, 2016

EPRUMA & Slovak Presidency jointly promote responsible use of veterinary medicines

On 13 October 2016, EPRUMA (European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals) and the Slovak Council Presidency held a workshop to foster the exchange of information on best practices in responsible veterinary medicine use, including increased dialogues between public authorities and the private sector across the EU.» read more
October 14, 2016

Level playing field needed to ensure EU raw materials supply

On 12 October 2016, COCERAL and COPA-COGECA organized a workshop in the European Parliament to discuss the outlook, competitiveness and challenges of producing and supplying raw materials in the EU.» read more
August 02, 2016

FAO article highlighting importance of animal nutrition

On Feedipedia.org, an article by Harinder Makkar (FAO) was published, highlighting the importance of animal nutrition in many different aspects.» read more
August 02, 2016

SAVE THE DATE: XXVIII FEFAC Congress 7-9 June 2017 / Cordoba

The next FEFAC Congress will be held on 7-9 June 2017 in Cordoba (Spain), kindly co-hosted by AFACA (Association of Compound Feed Manufacturers of Andalusia) and CESFAC, and in conjunction with the V International Congress of Animal Nutrition.» read more
July 26, 2016

Last public consultation Feed PEF Pilot launched

The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) is a multi-criteria measure of the environmental performance of any kind of product throughout its life cycle. The Feed PEF Pilot prescribes the specific product category methodological requirements (PEFCR) for the production of feed for food-producing animals. The public consultation of the draft Feed PEFCR is open until 9 September 2016.» read more
July 26, 2016

Communication toolkit for FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines

On 26 July 2016, FEFAC published a range of documents to help with the understanding and visibility of the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines. The Soy Sourcing Guidelines themselves have only changed visually. It is still the same version as the one released in August 2015.» read more
June 14, 2016

Feednavigator.com interview with President Ruud Tijssens

At the FEFAC-FEFANA Conference “Innovation in Animal Nutrition” on 9 June 2016 in Brussels, FEFAC President Ruud Tijssens gave an interview to Feednavigator.com.» read more
June 10, 2016

COCERAL, FEDIOL & FEFAC send open letter to President Juncker

The open letter calls on the Commission President to deal with the authorisation of three GM soya bean products as a matter of urgency.» read more
June 01, 2016

EP report on “Technological solutions for sustainable agriculture in the EU” gets strong backing from Agri-Food Chain Coalition

The report on “Technical solutions for sustainable agriculture” drafted by MEP Anthea McIntyre and already endorsed by the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (COMAGRI), received strong backing by the Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) at a dinner debate in Brussels on 31 May 2016, just days before the final vote in Strasbourg next week. FEFAC is one of 11 EU associations from the agri-food chain who together form the AFCC.» read more
May 30, 2016

FEFAC response to WWF Soy Scorecard

FEFAC, as a representative of the European feed Industry, has taken the initiative to come up with Soy Sourcing Guidelines as a professional recommendation for feed companies to source soy that is produced in a responsible manner. The goal of the Guidelines is to provide transparency to market operators interested in purchasing responsible soy and to give suppliers and farmer organisations an incentive to develop their own approach for responsible soy cultivation together with their farm base.» read more
May 04, 2016

Publication of the ISO TS 22002 on prerequisite programmes for feed and animal food production

ISO published in the second half of April its Technical Specification ISO TS 22002-6 Prerequisite programmes on food safety – Part 6: Feed and animal food production.» read more
April 29, 2016

FAO publishes video on importance of feed safety

FAO stresses the need for feed safety as the expected 60% increase in global demand for animal products will require a doubling of the production of feed, putting pressure on the availability of feed resources.» read more
April 13, 2016

French feed industry representation EUROFAC launched

On 23 March 2016, SNIA, AFCA-CIAL and Coop de France Nutrition Animale launched the new French feed industry EU representation body EUROFAC. The overarching structure aims to strengthen the French feed industry representation at EU level, particularly within FEFAC.» read more
March 24, 2016

Terrorist attacks in Brussels

On 22 March 2016, there were terrorist attacks at Zaventem Airport and in the metro station Maelbeek, which is one metro station away from the closest metro station to the FEFAC office, Schuman.» read more
March 11, 2016

Agri-Food Chain Coalition highlights importance of innovation

The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC), consisting of 11 EU associations (including FEFAC) who represent agricultural and food business interests, continue to highlight the importance of putting innovation at the heart of Europe’s agri-food policy making. Together, the industries united in the AFCC account for more than 30 million jobs and some 3.5 per cent of the EU’s gross value added.» read more
January 14, 2016

Animal Task Force seminar on transatlantic visions

On 17 November 2015, the 5th Animal Task Force Seminar took place in Brussels. The seminar provided a transatlantic perspective on visions and strategic research agenda for animal productions in Europe and the USA, as well as an interactive session on precision livestock farming.» read more
December 30, 2015

Feed & Food 2014

The 2014 edition of the FEFAC statistical yearbook Feed & Food was finalized and edited in December 2015.» read more
December 18, 2015

EPRUMA new guidance for responsible of antibiotics in food producing animals

The European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals (EPRUMA), which FEFAC is a founding member of, released on the occasion of its 10th anniversary upgraded guidance for the use of antibiotics in food producing animals. The objective of EPRUMA is to work together with policy and decision makers and all parties concerned at European and national levels, to promote responsible use as part of a holistic approach to disease prevention and control, and to support animal health and welfare.» read more
December 04, 2015

Meat and livestock industry reaffirms commitment to tackling climate change

On 2 December 2015 in Paris, the International Meat Secretariat (IMS) held a press event in the light of the COP21 climate change summit. A panel of international speakers elaborated on the meat and livestock industry’s key priority to continue reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving environmental performance.» read more
December 03, 2015

IFIF committed to reduce the GHG impact of livestock production globally

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) is working with its members from around the world, as well as international organizations, agri-food chain partners, and other key stakeholders on a number of strategic initiatives to measure, benchmark and reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions impact of livestock production globally.» read more
November 25, 2015

IFIF Annual Report 2014/2015 published

IFIF, the International Feed Industry Federation, has published its Annual Report for 2014/2015, highlighting the Federation’s work, partnerships and accomplishments.» read more
October 20, 2015

Economic impact assessment of the European Commission GM opt-out proposal

COCERAL, FEFAC and FEDIOL released today their own initial sectoral impact assessment on the European Commission “Gm-opt” out proposal. The initial study estimates extra-costs for 4 potential “opt-out” countries (Germany, France, Poland, Hungary) at 1.2 Bln € and a total cost of 2.8 € Bln € if all EU Member States would ban GM feed imports.» read more
October 19, 2015

FAO recognizes successful partnership with IFIF at 4th FAO Private Sector Partnerships meeting

At the 4th Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Private Sector partnerships meeting at FAO Headquarters in Rome on 15 October 2015, the FAO recognized the successful collaboration with the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) over the last decade.» read more
October 16, 2015

Risk analysis of new protein sources - Outcome of FEFAC / ASSALZOO Workshop – 09.10.2015

On 9 October 2015, FEFAC and its Italian Member Association ASSALZOO organised in Piacenza a workshop on “New protein resources – How to secure effective risk analysis?”. 130 participants from the European feed industry, Research Institutes and suppliers of feed ingredients shared information on some alternative protein sources for feed use. If some of these alternatives are promising (insects, algae, fermentation by-products), the present production costs limit the scope for use to very specific applications (e.g. fish feed), as a substitute to fish meal. In the middle to long term, they have the potential to contribute more significantly to the feed protein supply but are unlikely to substitute soya. In any case, further research is needed, especially for algae and insects, to correctly characterise the hazards and thereby allow for a detailed risk assessment, which is a prerequisite for the use of new feed ingredients. Social acceptance was also identified as an essential step before considering large scale production and use of these alternative feed materials in the livestock sector.» read more
October 15, 2015

IFIF and the FAO continue to strengthen collaboration on critical food & feed issues

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held their 14th annual meeting at FAO Headquarters in Rome on 12-13 October 2015 to further strengthen their collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food.» read more
September 24, 2015

Research project “Feed-a-gene”

Feed-a-Gene is a EU-funded H2020 research programme on monogastric livestock production launched in March 2015, for a duration of 5 years (23 European and non-European partners, budget 9.9 million €)» read more