EDITION 1 - FEBRUARY 2006
Welcome to the IFSA Newsletter
Following the official start of the International Feed Safety Alliance
(IFSA) programme certification on 1 January 2006, IFSA has launched a
new newsletter, dedicated to providing you on a regular basis with all new
and latest information on IFSA, its activities and partners.
In this first edition, we would like to introduce once again the IFSA
initiative as a whole, the IFSA Feed Ingredients Standard (IFIS) and the
IFSA Rules of Certification. Furthermore, the focus will be on a number of
partnerships that IFSA has already successfully established.
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Cooperation with European stakeholders and the supply sector
- IFSA ASSOCIATED MEMBERS
The IFSA Board of Directors made the decision at its meeting on
2 December 2005 to accept IFFO (International Fishmeal and Fish Oil
Organisation) and EMIDAS (European Molasses Importers and
Distributors Association) as IFSA associated members.
On 2 January 2006, IFSA also welcomed the European Egg Processors
Association (EEPA) as new IFSA associated member.
As IFSA associated members, a participating supplier organisation
agrees to cooperate within the IFSA initiative to jointly develop and
implement a certifiable safety standard for feed ingredients (IFIS).
All IFSA associated members can nominate together 4 representatives
to the IFSA Board of Directors, the main executive management body
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of IFSA (see diagram below). At the same time, associated members can
nominate their own experts to the standing IFSA working committees
(i.e. IFSA Certification group and Standard Writing group) currently
involved in the drawing up and further development of the IFSA
programme. Associated members together with all full IFSA members
form the General Meeting, which is the general executive body of IFSA.
Furthermore, IFSA associated members will be invited to participate in
the meetings of the IFSA Advisory Committee (see below).
- IFSA ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Following its expression of interest on the IFSA initiative, the IFSA
Board of Directors has invited COPA-COGECA (Committee of
Agricultural Organisations in the European Union – General
Confederation of Agricultural Co-operatives in the European Union) to
take a seat on the IFSA Advisory Committee. IFSA stressed that
although the IFIS does not cover primary production, the importance of
the primary production, both as supplier as well as consumer would of
course be vital to all IFSA members.
Note: The IFSA Advisory Committee will consist of IFSA full members,
associated members and representatives of all relevant international
associations in the feed supply chain. The Advisory Committee will be used as
platform to consult with and seek advice from involved stakeholders on
strategic issues in relation to the IFSA Programme (Standards and Rules of
Certification). The committee is scheduled to meet at least annually.
- IFSA OBSERVER
The IFSA Board of Directors welcomed at its meeting on
2 December 2005 RESEDA (French Network for the safety and quality
of food and feed) as observer.
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On 1st September 2005, the International Feed Safety Alliance was
officially launched with the publication of the IFSA Feed Ingredients
Standard (IFIS) and the IFSA Rules of Certification.
The aim of IFSA is to contribute to the safety assurance of feed
ingredients, which will help to protect the health of animals that consume
feed and humans that consume the lifestock products in the form of meat,
fish, milk and eggs. In order to comply with the IFIS, applicants will need
to apply the principles of Hazard Analysis (HACCP) and Good Manufacturing
Practice (GMP). IFSA is a joint project initiated by Agricultural Industries
Confederation (AIC) of the UK, the European Feed Manufacturers
Federation (FEFAC), OVOCOM VZW of Belgium, Productschap Diervoeder
(PDV) of the Netherlands and Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH (QS) of
The IFSA Programme is available to the feed industries of all countries and
AIC, FEFAC, OVOCOM, PDV and QS will welcome participation in the
programme by feed industry organisations around the world.
The IFSA Feed Ingredients Standard (IFIS) has been drawn up as a
collaborative industry project to ensure that safety is placed at the
forefront of feed business operations, with the aim of ensuring confidence
in the safety of the feed supply chain. Safe animal feeds are essential to
both animal and human health, farmed animals being the source of many
products for human consumption. The safety of the feed and food chain
must therefore be the industry’s primary objective.
The IFIS sets out the requirements for producers and processors of
processed feed ingredients, participating in the IFSA Programme. It will
enable feed ingredient companies to be audited against one standard as
opposed to multiple audits which will result in more consistent standards, a
lack of duplication and cost saving. FEFAC recognises the IFIS – like any
demonstrable equivalent - through its EFMC (European Feed Manufacturers
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IFSA Rules of Certification
For the certification of companies against the IFIS, which will be done by
independent certification bodies, the IFSA members have drawn up IFSA
Rules of Certification. These Rules shall ensure consistency, control of
implementation, certification, and auditing under the IFSA Programme.
Applicants certificated against IFIS will have demonstrated that there are
controls at each stage of the supply chain assuring the safety of the
processed feed ingredients supplied.
Those companies that successfully achieve certification of compliance with
the requirements of the IFIS will be accepted as assured sources for the
supply of processed feed ingredients into feed businesses assured under
the Belgian GMP programme, the British UFAS programme, the Dutch GMP+
programme and the German QS scheme.
For further information, please also visit: http://www.ifsa-info.net
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