Vision on Feed Safety Management

In April 2015, FEFAC published its Vision on Feed Safety Management, an area that unmistakably belongs to the non-competitive part of compound feed production. In this vision, FEFAC most notably highlights the importance of a ‘top-of-the-pyramid’ approach in the feed supply chain as well as increased cooperation between feed business operators and official control authorities.

Feed safety crises in the past have shown how vulnerable the livestock sector can be in case of shortcomings at early stages of the feed supply chain. Competition for resources, the increased focus on (food) waste reduction and climate change are all elements that may increase that vulnerability. This makes it clear that the responsibility to safeguard feed safety needs to be shared between the actors of the feed chain, who would benefit from intensified co-operation between industry operators and control authorities.

Relevant documents

- FEFAC Vision on Feed Safety Management ((15) PR 4)
- Co-operation between industry associations and national authorities ((15) PR 16)
- Common set of principles for salmonella management ((10) PR 10)
- The Feed Chain in Action - Presenting the FSM vision to Commissioner Andriukaitis ((15) PR 36)
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With the “top-of-the-pyramid” approach, FEFAC calls for a risk-based approach towards feed safety at each stage of the feed supply chain where it is most efficient. Feed-related EU RASFF notifications show that the large majority of feed safety incidents have their origins at an earlier part of the supply chain, hence the call in the FEFAC Vision on Feed Safety Management to feed ingredient suppliers to increase their involvement in the management of risks. This should not be interpreted as a wish from the premixture and compound feed industries to relieve themselves from their responsibilities, but their primary role should be verifying, through various means, that risk management measures implemented by their suppliers have been efficient. This also means that they rely on their suppliers to proactively share information about feed ingredient risk profiles that could facilitate the feed safety management at the level of compound feed production.

The credibility of the systems put in place by the feed chain has progressively improved and FEFAC believes that the time has come to strengthen cooperation between control authorities and operators to optimise risk management. The last few years have illustrated that 50% of the feed-related EU RASFF notifications are generated by controls performed by feed business operators themselves. The European feed industry is entitled to recognition for being at par with official controls as regards reporting feed safety incidents. In the end, the feed industry and official control authorities share the same objective, which is preventing feed safety incidents at all costs.