FEFAC has been regularly reviewing and updating its risk analysis taking into account the latest risk assessment advice by public risk assessment bodies and the experience gained by feed industry organisations in the EU and worldwide. It must be stressed in particular that risk assessment by EFSA does not point to animal feed as a cause for virus transmission (with the noticeable exception of feeding pigs with catering waste). The conclusion drawn by FEFAC is that the risk of commercial feed being intrinsically a vector of transmission of ASF is negligible insofar as effective biosecurity measures are in place all along the chain, in particular for feed transport in infected zones. The European and global feed industry will continue investigating the most recent scientific publications on effective processing technologies (heat & pressure) which can inactivate viruses, on reliable detection methods and on sampling methods for feed in cooperation with chain partners and risk assessment/management bodies at national and global level. At the same time, FEFAC wants to emphasise the absolute necessity to make sure that no catering waste is used in the EU to feed pigs, as required by EU law since 2002.
FEFAC and BFA are pleased to confirm the new dates of our XXIX FEFAC Congress which will be held on September 24-25, 2020 in Antwerp in the Queen Elisabeth Hall. We will shortly provide you with updated information regarding the draft programme and registration process.