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FAO-led Feed Safety Partnership members prioritize capacity development activities

 

During the first meeting of the Steering Group of the Feed Safety Multi-Stakeholder Partnership, its members analysed several proposed capacity development activities and chose the ones to give priority in the implementation of the programme.

 

The partnership was formally launched in April 2016 and aims at improving the safety of feed, and thus enhancing food safety, animal health and welfare and food security. It is planning to achieve those aims by developing the capacities of the relevant stakeholders to ensure the production and supply of safe feed. The partnership follows a capacity development approach, addressing the three dimensions of people, organizations and the enabling environment. It considers the social, economic and policy aspects together with the technical ones and, to ensure the initiatives sustainability, it provides stakeholders a leading role.

 

Relevant stakeholders along the feed and food chain, global feed regulators and producers have responded to a call issued by FAO and proposed several specific capacity development activities and services; the Steering Group assigned the highest priority to the development of the following services and products:

 

  • Annual International Feed Regulator Meetings, continuing with their 10th edition that will take place in January 2017 in Atlanta, USA;
  • A database on feed safety experts and professionals; and another one on ongoing feed safety capacity development activities and resources;
  • A virtual platforms to share knowledge and best practices, an Helpline and workshops;
  • A set of practical implementation tools and training for feed risk assessment in line with the Codex Alimentarius’ guidance; and
  • A series of fact-sheets on biological and chemical contaminants, similar to the one on dioxin already issued link

 

Furthermore, the Steering Group selected the following activities to be implemented if dedicated resources will be available:

 

All these activities require the active engagement of all stakeholders, therefore the partnership is looking for more members interested in contributing to its overall objective of strengthening the capacities of relevant stakeholders to produce and supply safe feed All stakeholders (e.g. intergovernmental organizations, governmental authorities, private sector, academia, financial institutions) interested to contribute with financial or in-kind resources (e.g. expertise), can join the partnership by responding to a dedicated call.

 

The next meeting of the Steering Group will take place back-to-back with the 10th International Feed Regulator Meeting in January 2017 in Atlanta, USA. Join us and contact us if you are interested in more information.

 

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