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Pet Food News
on August 12, 2015

Eurofins, AFIA partner to provide industry training

Courses for pet food and animal feed industries include HACCP

Eurofins Food Safety Systems and the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) have signed an agreement to provide co-branded public training for the animal feed and pet food industries. The courses include a specialized Hazard Analysis and Critical Points (HACCP) course for feed manufacturers. The collaboration is a natural fit, as Eurofins and AFIA share a common interest in the feed industry’s success and safety.

AFIA, based in Arlington, Virginia, USA, is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative, and regulatory interests of the United States animal feed industry and its suppliers. Members include more than 575 domestic and international companies and state, regional, and national associations.

Eurofins Food Safety Systems is recognized for its efforts and capabilities in the field of animal food safety by primary manufacturers, suppliers, retailer, distributors, and processors. With a full schedule of public and in-house training courses, Eurofins provides the knowledge and expertise necessary for the success of these nationwide trainings.

This collaboration further strengthens a longstanding partnership between the two leading industry supporters. Eurofins began conducting audits for AFIA’s International Safe Feed/Safe Food (FAMI-QS) program in 2010. The partnership has since expanded with the addition of AFIA’s domestic Safe Feed/Safe Food and Pet Food Manufacturing/Ingredient Facility Certification programs to Eurofins’ audit portfolio, and most recently the addition of a joint training course specific to the International Safe Feed/Safe Food/FAMI-QS scheme.

“We are thrilled to partner with AFIA to provide food safety training to the feed industry and further our relationship with AFIA,” said Eurofins’ Food Safety Systems Director, Gary Smith. “It is a great venture to join the expertise of Eurofins in food safety and public training with AFIA’s expertise in the feed industry and its tremendous member relationships. This partnership will assist the feed industry in the understanding and compliance with the new regulatory and customer requirements being placed upon them.”

“This is a great opportunity for AFIA and Eurofins to continue our relationship for the betterment of the feed industry,” said Henry Turlington, AFIA director of quality and manufacturing regulatory affairs. “These trainings will provide up-to-date information that is necessary for compliance with the law, and the how-to for running a quality animal food manufacturing facility.”

The public training courses are scheduled for November 10-11 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

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