April 07, 2016

07/04/2016: Feed Safety Awareness in Southern Europe

by Johan den Hartog – Managing Director of GMP+ International

First published in Milling and Grain, February 2016  

Towards the end of 2015, nearly 100 representatives of Italian Feed companies attended a workshop organized by GMP+ International in Bologna Italy, to introduce the GMP+ FSA Country Note Italy (GMP+ BCN-IT). GMP+ International manages the unique GMP+ Feed Certification scheme (GMP+ FC scheme).

This certification scheme is focused on controlling feed safety (GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance) and responsibility (GMP+ Feed Responsibility Assurance). The scheme consists of standards and rules for certification and is intended for companies active in the feed chain around the world.

Since 2010 the number of GMP+ FSA certified companies in Italy increased by 900 percent to almost 400 companies today, which makes this country the sixth most important country for GMP+ International. The introduction of this Country Note is the result of initiatives taken by local feed companies and certification bodies to overcome some of the most important hurdles for these companies in establishing a GMP+ feed safety management system and for getting a GMP+ FSA certificate.

Why get a Country Note? During the workshop representatives of GMP+ certified companies Agricola Grains S.P.A and Methodo Chemicals S.R.L, shared their experiences and bottlenecks with the audience. The chain approach, the founding concept of GMP+ FSA, often causes issues with sourcing of feed materials in countries where the density of GMP+ participants is relatively low.

This Italian country note, which is purely a temporary standard; applicable until the end 2019, is meant to address issues in the following areas: 
  • Gatekeeper protocols to allow sourcing of non-assured feed materials 
  • Requirements to combine the production of GMP+ assured and non-assured feed in the same production facility 
  • Special conditions allowing transport companies to perform gatekeeper protocols, subject to approval of the producer or trader
Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE

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