FEFAC holds observer status in the CODEX Alimentarius Commission since 1999. The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO and WHO to develop food and feed standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main purposes of this Programme are protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair trade practices for food products, as well as promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by International Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations. After the adoption of a Code on good animal feeding in 2005, the CODEX Alimentarius Commission set up a new “ad-hoc“ Task Force on animal feed safety whose main mandate consisted in developing guidance on feed safety risk assessment and prioritisation of feed safety hazards. FEFAC and IFIF actively contributed to the work of the new CODEX Task Force which adopted its final draft guidance documents in 2013.
FEFAC assisted OIE, the World Organisation for Animal Health, during the review of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code with regard to feed-related references in the OIEstandards.
FEFAC participated in a number of conferences on antimicrobial resistance, in particular those organised jointly by WHO/FAO and OIE by providing key information & data regarding the in-feed use of antibiotics (medicated feed, coccidiostats).
FEFAC holds regular contacts with WTO on issues related to the SPS agreement which may affect global trade in feedingstuffs and products of animal origin.
FEFAC is a member of IFIF, the International Feed Industry Association, which was founded in 1987 by FEFAC and AFIA, the American Feed Industry Association. IFIF holds membership from national and regional trade associations, a.o. FEEDLATINA, regrouping South American feed industry associations, the American Feed Industry Association, AFIA, the Brazilian (Sindiraçoes), Chinese (CFIA), Canadian and Japanese Feed Industry Associations as well as global corporate feed companies, accounting for more than 80% of the estimated global commercial feed production of almost 1 bio. t in 2015. IFIF organised its 5th Global Food and Feed Congress in Antalya, Turky, in April 20163. Together with the FAO, IFIF annually organises International Feed Regulators meetings since 2008 to jointly deal with emerging feed safety issues and foster convergence of feed legislation at global level.
IFIF and the FAO jointly produced a manual on good practices for the feed industry containing a series of additional information material designed to assist industry and government bodies with the implementation of the CODEX Code on good animal feeding.