ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. — The International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program (I-SF/SF) has reached its two-year anniversary. Representatives of the E.U. Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures (FEFANA) met last month at the American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) office in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., to discuss new Feed Additives and Premixtures Quality System (FAMI-QS), developments, including the new scope and rules for operators and certifying bodies.

FEFANA’s FAMI-QS Program and the AFIA’s International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program are covered by the same rules and scope, under FEFANA’s Guide to Good Practice and is recognized by the European Commission.

Launched in 2010, I-SF/SF is a unique, third-party-verified program for ingredient facilities. Domestically, AFIA has also sponsored the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program in the U.S. since 2005. I-SF/SF was designed to help facilitate U.S. trade with European feed and ingredient customers by providing a tool to demonstrate compliance with the E.U.’s feed hygiene regulation, which requires certification under the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system.

The second half of the week-long meeting served as a training opportunity for U.S. feed-facility auditors from Eurofins Scientific Inc. (ESI). This annual training allows auditors to maintain compliance in the program, allowing them to inspect U.S. facilities for compliance with the E.U. standards.

According to Keith Epperson, AFIA’s vice-president of manufacturing and training, “The basis for a program to be successful and recognized worldwide is to develop a program that helps facilities provide a safe product and then audit everyone to the same safety level. Training auditors worldwide is a key focus of FEFANA and ensures everyone certified in the program meets the same code.”

Attending the meeting and the training session were: Dr. Didier Jans, secretary general and Emmanuel Geneiatakis, quality manager of FAMI-QS, I-SF/SF auditors Dr. Jerry Poley and Dan Uthe, and AFIA was represented by Joel Newman, Richard Sellers, Keith Epperson and Sharon Henry.