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AFIA and FEFANA signed an agreement in January last year, providing reciprocity for firms in the International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program and the FAMI-QS program. Under the agreement, AFIA’s program operates under FEFANA’s Guide to Good Practice, a recognised guide by the European Commission. The January meeting, between AFIA and FEFANA, included time with representatives of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Agriculture Department’s Foreign Agricultural Service to share program details. With the training of the auditors complete, the launch of the international program is expected in the near future. At that time, if an official responsible for a facility wishes to pursue International Safe Feed/Safe Food certification for a plant, he or she may seek inspection and certification through AFIA. Further, all firms that successfully achieve certification from the International Safe Feed/Safe Food program will be recognized as compliant with the domestic version of the program as well. The Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program is a voluntary, independently certified program designed for the total feed industry. The Safe Feed/Safe Food program establishes comprehensive standards of excellence that go beyond existing regulations to maximise food and feed safety. The final steps are being taken by AFIA and associated groups prior to the imminent launch of the full International programme.. more
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iFeeder chairman Al Gunderson of Vita Plus Corp says, “This is truly an historic moment for all of us to consider what this industry has given to each of us personally and professionally and how we can invest in its sustainable future.” more
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International Safe Feed/Safe Food soon to be launched
he international version of the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program is nearing implementation, according to the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the creator and sponsor of the Safe Feed/Safe Food program that has run successfully in the United States since 2004. The existing Safe Feed/Safe Food program is a unique, third-party-verified program in which more than 350 livestock feed and ingredient facilities, operated by nearly 90 companies, are certified. Representatives of the European Feed Additives and Pre-mixtures Association, FEFANA, met with AFIA members at AFIA’s office in Arlington, Va., late last year to discuss details of the international version of the program. The establishment of the International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program was designed to help facilitate US trade with European feed and ingredient customers by providing a tool to illustrate compliance with the European Union’s feed hygiene regulation, Regulation (EC) 183/2005, which requires certification from the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system. In accordance with the regulation, FEFANA submitted a Guide to Good Practice, detailing options for industry compliance with the regulation. Furthermore, FEFANA officials designed their own third-party verification system to illustrate compliance with the regulation. This system is known as the European Feed Additives and Premixtures-Quality System (FAMI-QS), and it is similar to AFIA’s Safe Feed/Safe Food program. “The FEFANA representatives commented that the Safe Feed/Safe Food program is a high-quality offering, and we feel the same about their efforts to develop the FAMI-QS. Our combined efforts make for a truly outstanding international program,” said Joel G. Newman, AFIA president and CEO. “While the Safe Feed/Safe Food program is available to facilities that are not members of AFIA, we believe we are delivering on two promises to our members with this program by providing expert leadership and being a voice for the industry.”

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Learn more about AFIA by using the following options: • On Facebook (find AFIA using the association’s complete name) • On Twitter (follow at FeedFolks) • On LinkedIn (connect using the association’s complete name) Links to each of these outlets may be found on AFIA’s home page as well. Visit www.afia.org and click on the Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn logos. News and information about AFIA issues, events and more will be offered via Facebook and The IFE 2010 hosted a large number of Chinese ingredient and equipment suppliers

2010 International Feed Expo updates from AFIA
The 2010 International Feed Expo in Atlanta (IFE), Georgia, USA was on course to attract as many visitors as last year – some 18,000. There is no question that Atlanta is the destination for the world’s poultry industry in the form of the International Poultry Expo (and co-hosted on the Georgia World Congress Centre site); there is a distinct increase in visitors to the IFE from Latin America, Europe and beyond. According to the organisers, the American Feed Industry Association, booth and stand sales were up by some eight-to-10 percent with the floor area equally growing. Atlanta in January is becoming a meeting point for feed industry representatives which is following the example of the poultry sector, despite tough time and consolidation within the two industries.
about establishing itself as a non-profit, charitable institution in the months that followed, it was only in Atlanta this year that the iFeeder board introduced industry executives to the new foundation and its mission – “to sustain the future of food and feed production through education and research.” The programme outlined how iFeeder will address the critical needs of leadership and funding to meet the challenges of the global feed industry. These include providing more animal protein for a growing world population and overcoming the challenges of feeding more than two billion people by 2050. iFeeder aims to do this with an aggressive education and research programme. Prior to the launch more than US$100,000 had been pledged by the iFeeder Board of Trustees. Additionally, the trustees agreed to fund its first project – the updating of the National Research Council’s Nutritional Requirements of Swine with a US$75,000 two-year grant which leveraged more than US$250,000 in grants from other sources. This research review publication will greatly assist the industry in producing portk in the future more efficiently. The iFeeder board is busy preparing proposals and guidelines for research grants and examining the direction of education programmes.

iFeeder Foundation launched to ensure feed sustainability
he Institute for Feed Education and Research – being promoted in short as iFeeder – has launched a major fund raising effort with a goal of reaching US$2 million within two years. The launch was announced at a luncheon meeting of major US feed industry executives during the International Poultry Expo and the International Feed Expo in Atlanta, Georgia in late January. While iFeeder was created by the AFIA Board of Directors in May 2009 and went

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Twitter. Job openings at AFIA member-firms, which already are publicized on AFIA’s online Career Center, are also available for viewing on AFIA’s LinkedIn page, as well as upcoming events and news. Use of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn does not mean AFIA will discontinue its practice of disseminating news and information via news releases and other traditional means. Rather, the use of these social media outlets will allow AFIA to share its messages with a broader audience. “Receiving additional feedback, particularly from members, and engaging in dialogue with a range of interested individuals are additional benefits of using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn,” says the AFIA from its stand at the Feed Expo in Atlanta, Georgia in January. “Making communication about issues and concerns more convenient to members is always of importance to our team,” says Anne Keller, AFIA communications director.

earning the latest news and information about the American Feed Industry Association is easier now, thanks to the association’s use of three social media outlets. AFIA recently opened accounts with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to offer staff members greater interaction with the association’s members, the media and other individuals using these tools.

Southern States Plant named 2009 Feed Mill of the Year
Southern States feed mill in Cleveland, North Carolina, is the 2009 Feed Mill of the Year, according to the American Feed Industry Association and Feedstuffs, the sponsors of the annual contest. The runner-

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The last of three half-day panel discussions, where feed regulators and industry representatives discussed issues surrounding authorization systems for feed ingredients

up is a Cargill turkey production mill in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The winning feed mill was built in 1978 for FCX Inc. Southern States acquired the assets of FCX and the Cleveland mill in 1985. Last year this full-line mill manufactured 90,500 tons of feed. The mill is certified by AFIA’s Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system. A total of 36 team members, including 23 production, four maintenance, four administrative and five trucking employees work at the mill managed by Mark Whitaker. Tonnage at the mill is split about equally between bag and bulk at 57 percent and 43 percent, respectively. The largest volumes produced are for beef, horse and poultry feed. The marketing area of the mill is basically comprised of the Piedmont area. On the bulk side, Mr Whitaker said the mill serves about a 150-mile radius. The plant also makes minerals for other Southern States mills in the region and serves 96 private dealers and Southern States services owned by the company. In total, the mill produces some 480 formulas, and annual sales at the plant are in excess of US$30 million. The Cleveland mill has been instrumental in establishing employee training programs, to the extent even of putting together its own manuals. “We felt like we didn’t train very well, and we wanted to go to a different level and make our training very specific, and we do it all visually,” said Mr Whitaker. He said he believes the renewed dedication to training has led to improved productivity and retention at the plant. Recycling is another priority for the mill. All paper and cardboard is baled and sent to a local recycler.

runner-up in the AFIA-Feedstuffs 2009 Feed Mill of the Year contest. The Cargill turkey production unit produces some 7500 tons of finished feed per week, with the majority of that production going directly to Cargill turkey growers. The remainder of the volume goes to George’s for its local poultry-growing operations. The Harrisonburg mill is a 24/7 operation with 25 hourly employees who have a combined average of 14 years of service, according to mill manager Grant Martin. “Our mission is to manufacture and deliver finished high-quality feed in the most economical and efficient manner,” said Mr Martin, who explained that the operation is focused on meeting budgeted cost-per-ton manufacturing and delivery requirements rather than on profit. According to Wayne Sly, area manager, the environmental program at the Harrisonburg facility has been recognised by the state of Virginia as part of its Environmental Excellence Program. The Harrisonburg plant operates under the ISO 14001 standard for its environmental management system. Training at the plant includes annual reviews on dust/grain handling, welding and hot work, elevated work, confined spaces, lockout/tagout and hazard communication/chemical safety. Driver training also is emphasised. Mr Martin said future goals for the plant include earning Safe Feed/Safe Food program certification.

“The quality of this year’s candidates was quite impressive as was their dedication to quality control and safety standards,” said Keith Epperson, vice president of manufacturing and training for AFIA. He said the 2009 winning mill stood out because there is a “clear commitment from every employee to produce a safe, quality product for the customers of Southern States Cooperatives.” Nearly 100 feed facilities competed for this year’s award. “The number of facilities increased again this year,” said Mr Epperson. “I believe this is due in part to the fact that each facility that applies receives important feedback in the way of bench-marking information. Comparing their own mill to others in the industry gives managers a way to focus on the areas where they may have scored low so they can make improvements.” Selection of the top plant starts with an online application process and concludes with personal visits to the top sites by an inspection team from AFIA and Feedstuffs. Final selection is based on a combined scoring of the application and personal visit. The winner of the 2008 contest was a Cargill Animal Nutrition plant in Martinsburg, Pa. The runner-up mill in last year’s contest is operated by Ridley Inc, in Beloit, Kan.

Feed regulators meet with industry representatives in Atlanta

AFIA’s 2010 Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers
he American Feed Industry Association’s annual Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference will be March 10-12, 2010, at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio in San Antonio, Texas. The conference program will be of interest to individuals with varying levels of experience in a range of feed industry sectors. Expect updates on the current and future states of animal agriculture. Top experts from government, as well as the feed, dairy, pork, poultry and grain industries will speak on legislative and regulatory issues. Information about carbon footprints, animal-rights activism and the commodity markets also will be presented. There will be plenty of interactive sessions between speakers and attendees to provide maximum time for participants to ask questions, get answers and engage in substantive dialogue. In addition to the latest industry information, PISC is an excellent networking opportunity for colleagues and buyers and sellers to interact. The 2010 event is designed especially to allow more time for one-onone interaction than in previous years.

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or two days leading government regulators responsible for maintaining animal feed safety, met with feed industry representatives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA to discuss national feed legislation and its impact on the trade in feed and feed ingredients.

Aims of the award
The annual Feed Mill of the Year award recognizes overall excellence in feed manufacturing operations and the winners were promoted at the International Feed Expo in Atlanta, Georgia this January. Increased safety, quality, regulatory compliance, operating efficiencies and overall industry awareness of food safety are among the criteria reviewed for each applicant. A mostimproved mill will be named at a later date.

Cargill mill in Virginia is 2009 runner-Up
A feed production operation focused solely on providing cost-effective nutrients to contract turkey and poultry growers is the

Seventy-five delegates from 21 countries registered for the two-day event that was held on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26, January in the Georgia World Congress Centre in downtown Atlanta, USA. This, the third annual meeting of the International Feed Regulators, was the most interactive session yet, sharing information and exchanging perspectives on principles of food and feed legislation, border inspection practices, managing undesirable substances and authorization systems for feedstuffs and ingredients. “Presentations provided by both regulators and feed industry representatives provided background and examples of current practices, and challenged participants to consider ways to improve regulatory and risk management systems.” Says Dave
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Cieslak, Chairman of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) which organised the meeting jointly with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). “There was good information provided in presentations by regulatory and industry delegates, but participants found the panels and open forum discussions particularly useful and informative.” Dr Cieslak says this most recent meeting has built significantly on the previous two and has become recognized as a unique venue bringing together the key players in feed safety from around the world and included the participation of the Codex Alimentarius secretariat. IFIF recognized this forum as a great opportunity to develop understanding and synergy between industry and regulators, as well as across geographies. Improved understanding can lead to enhancements in the ways that feed and food safety is accomplished by the feed industry. “IFIF is committed to continuing, and expanding, this dialogue between regulators and our industry. We will be meeting again at the Global Feed & Food Congress in Cancun Mexico, to be held April 20-23,
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“Seventy-five delegates from 21 countries registered for the two-day event that was held on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 of January 2010 in the Georgia World Congress Centre in downtown Atlanta”
2010 where some of these issues will be discussed in more detail. We welcome feed regulators who weren’t able to join us in Atlanta to contact IFIF for more information,” he adds. more
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Roger Gilbert Secretary General IFIF 7 St George’s Terrace St James’ Square Cheltenham Glos, GL50 3PT United Kingdom
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Description: The 2010 International Feed Expo in Atlanta (IFE), Georgia, USA was on course to attract as many visitors as last year – some 18,000. There is no question that Atlanta is the destination for the world’s poultry industry in the form of the International Poultry Expo (and co-hosted on the Georgia World Congress Centre site); there is a distinct increase in visitors to the IFE from Latin America, Europe and beyond.