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Enhancing Feed Quality and Safety

An FAO-TAMU on-line course to enhance capacity of laboratory managers on quality control systems

Providing animals with adequate, balanced diets, free of toxins and contaminants is essential to enhancing their productivity and welfare. Such diets also increase the incomes of producers, ensure a better quality product and a cleaner, greener environment. The safety and quality of animal feed is also vital for preventing hazardous substances entering the food chain and affecting human health.

A joint Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) on-line course on ‘Quality Control Systems for Feed Analysis Laboratories’ has kicked off on 2 June 2014. The duration of the course is 10 weeks. This is the second batch in which 20 laboratory managers and quality control officers from Asia, Africa and Latin America are participating.

The course will provide the participants a practical knowledge of the standard laboratory practices and quality systems required to oversee a scientific laboratory’s quality management programme. It will equip the candidate with the breadth of knowledge needed to obtain laboratory data and results that are reliable, interpretable, repeatable, and defensible. Also the participants will attain the capability to participate on a laboratory management team including budgeting and forming a technology strategy.

The course will cover quality control systems and method development within a laboratory; ensuring the integrity of procedures used in lab processes, chain of custody, information management, and international laboratory standards; regulatory requirements for laboratory operation; bio-security precautions; and laboratory management.


The Key Topics being covered are:

a) Ensuring Validity and Reliability,

b) Laboratory Procedures,

c) Quality Assurance: Procedures, Tools & Methods, and

d) Laboratory Management.


Further information about the course can be obtained from: http://regsci.tamu.edu

Feed Analysts interested to participate in the next year’s on-course starting in May/June 2015 may contact Harinder Makkar at Harinder.Makkar@fao.org or Prof. Timothy Herrman at tjh@otsc.tamu.edu