The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) announced a change to several of AFIA's third-party certification programs. Starting in October, the administration of the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program and Pet Food Ingredient Facility Certification Program will be handled by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI).
AFIA and SQFI signed a joint program implementation and marketing agreement to bring these three AFIA third-party certification programs into the SQFI family of programs. The agreement will bring a number of benefits to program participants, including open access for the choice of multiple, approved certification bodies for an audit; exceeding independent credibility criteria required by consumers and regulators globally; use of SQFI's certification program to help reduce multi-program inconsistencies and associated costs of multiple audits; and making AFIA programs the "feed segment" of the total food chain.
Public meetings invited comments and provided updates
Committees discussed key proposals such as a possible shift in the oversight of animal feeds
The intent was to educate regulators and industry about the Model Pet Food Regulations
The new US food safety legislation will also affect regulation of petfood
Processors should carefully develop, validate and implement an effective kill step to support production of pathogen-free petfoods
Smaller lobbying groups employed most often to fight for clients' interests
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