A year after the introduction of the European Feed Ingredient Safety Certification (EFISC), the feed industry can look back on a very successful first twelve months of EFISC implementation.
Today over 60 manufacturers from all over the European Union have applied for certification. So far, 32 manufacturing sites have been certified, producing over 12 million metric tonnes of feed materials, which represent 27% of the processed feed material volume manufactured in the EU 27.
This collaboration between companies manufacturing feed materials will lead to a further strengthening of the feed safety culture in the European Union. Furthermore it will lead, by applying harmonized requirements, to a better facilitation of trade in the EU internal market. In this spirit, the process of mutual recognition with the scheme owners GMP+, OVOCOM, QS and AIC has started, with the aim to come to an agreement by the end of 2012.
“The involvement in EFISC of feed safety experts from member companies ensures that we implement the right requirements to guarantee best practice in feed safety” Mr. Henry van Sadelhoff, President of EFISC, said “The EFISC certificate is a strong achievement. It shows our commitment to safe feed as integral part of the food chain. I would like to thank all participants for their continuous support”.
The EFISC Code was developed as a result of the shared commitment between the starch industry (AAF) and the oilseed crushing, oil refining and protein meal industry (FEDIOL) within the framework of the European Feed Ingredients Platform (EFIP). The Code is based on the European Guide to good practice for the industrial manufacture of safe feed materials, endorsed by the European Commission and the EU Member States in 2010. The code is open to other feed material producing sectors to join.