The European Feed Manufacturers Guide (EFMC) has been accepted by the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health - Section Animal Nutrition. This means that from now, the guide is suitable for European compound feed and premix producers to ensure compliance with the new EU Feed Hygiene Regulation.
FEFAC President Prof Martin Tielen expressed his great satisfaction pointing to the fact that "for the first time in the history of European feed and food legislation, harmonised European sector guidelines for good manufacturing practice have been successfully assessed by the competent authorities at EU level. This decision is setting a new milestone for an effective cooperation on feed and food safety between the European authorities and the European feed industry". "FEFAC's members are strongly encouraged by this vote which will stimulate further implementation of the EFMC, either directly or as baseline requirement in respective national codes, by feed manufacturers throughout the EU-27 (cf. annex listing 18 national codes in application which are based on the EFMC)", Tielen added.
Evaluation in autumn 2007: In cooperation with its chain partners and competent control authorities, FEFAC is planning a new feed safety roundtable in autumn 2007 in order to take stock of the experiences with the implementation of the new Feed Hygiene Regulation and the results of the rapid alert system for feed and food in order to identify new areas of chain partnership cooperation between operators and competent authorities.