AGA IN ACTION:
Collaborations in the feed sector
Strengthening the dialog between feed regulators and the industry
FAO, in collaboration with the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) has organized the 2nd International Feed Regulators Meeting, which was hosted by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and took place from 26 to 27 January in Atlanta, USA.
Following last years successful inaugural meeting, this years event expanded the reach of participants to include not only feed regulators and national and regional feed industry associations, but also key industry leaders, who attended as observers. Participants to this years meeting therefore included more than 50 government regulators, feed industry representatives and other relevant players, from more that 16 countries worldwide, representing a variety of production and regulatory system as different as, for instance Brazil and Japan, Denmark and Mexico, China and Ghana.
The event aimed at fostering dialogue and cooperation between the public and the private sector on themes of common interest. With a view on the emerging feed safety concerns, the main themes of the meeting were risk assessment and risk management in animal feed production and how they are being addressed by industry and national or regional competent authorities. All participants explored ways in which industry and competent authorities might work closer to come up with more effective and efficient solutions to ensure feed safety and discussed factors that currently restrict feed and feed ingredients trade.
The meeting ended with a consensual belief that a right step towards increased collaborations between industry and regulators in the feed sector had been taken and that trust between the two parties had been enhanced.
The way forward
All participants confirmed their interest in continue the collaboration through meetings of such a nature. The organizers will work at broadening attendance also by the means of specific mechanism to strengthen participation of representatives from less economically developed countries.
In the meantime, several issues were identified as deserving priority and action from the feed industry, in collaboration with relevant regulators:
- a global feed safety rapid alert communication system: a platform to exchange relevant information among stakeholders in the case of a feed safety emergency and provide common guidance on emerging issues;
- awareness building within the biofuel industry and regulators on potential feed safety risk deriving from the use of biofuel co-products used in the feed industry;
- the development of globally accepted principles and guidelines for feed safety risk assessment;
- a comparative analysis of existing standards and legislation relevant worldwide for the feed industry