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EU and USA join forces for sustainable and safe feed production

The American and European feed industries, represented by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC), have renewed their longstanding partnership to increase mutual cooperation on sustainable feed production, feed safety management, communication, trade and pre-competitive research.
EU and USA join forces for sustainable and safe feed production

June 9, 2019

 

The American and European feed industries, represented by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC), have renewed their longstanding partnership to increase mutual cooperation on sustainable feed production, feed safety management, communication, trade and pre-competitive research. The memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed during FEFAC’s 60th Anniversary, is expected to generate significant synergies for the respective member associations and feed companies, offering global joint project and partnership opportunities.

AFIA and FEFAC members recognize the value of providing joint leadership at a global level, in partnership with the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), to develop feed industry solutions, which help reduce the environmental impacts of feed and livestock production while promoting the highest level of feed safety management and biosecurity. The associations agreed to explore further information sharing, linked to precompetitive research supporting joint projects, while maximizing feed trade opportunities. 

AFIA President and CEO, Joel G. Newman, and AFIA Board Chairman, Tim Belstra, said that they are looking forward to broadening the joint leadership to provide their members and industries with solutions to address future challenges, including assisting them with the adoption of new technologies, developing and deploying best practices and continuing to sustainably provide consumers with sound dietary choices. FEFAC President, Nick Major and Secretary General, Alexander Döring said that “cooperation will deliver further meaningful tools to our members and partners providing practical solutions to tackle societal issues linked to feed and livestock production, such as climate change, animal health & well-being. We are proud to represent the resource efficiency champions of the food chain and look forward to support our respective members’ efforts to move U.S. and EU feed production to the next level.”

After the MoU signing ceremony during FEFAC’s 60th Anniversary event, Joel Newman was awarded FEFAC Honorary Membership. FEFAC praised his professional commitment to promote feed safety standards at global level with the setting up of the first International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) in 2008 in Atlanta, co-hosted by FAO & IFIF. Joel Newman is the first “non-European” feed industry expert to receive the FEFAC honorary membership award.

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