Known worldwide for its competence and importance in food production, Brazil is also known for presenting a vast and complex legislation, which regulates the entire sector of manufacture of human and animal food.
The Agriculture Ministry (MAPA), has been presenting a series of structural changes in relation to the control, inspection and regulation of the animal feed sector. Recently, NORMATIVE INSTRUCTION No. 17, OF APRIL 15, 2020 was published. MAPA points to a new cycle in its structure and demonstrates that it is attentive to changes in the animal feed sector both in Brazil and worldwide.
In this new IN, all Brazilian companies that operate in the animal feed industry will need to go through a new registration process for their establishment and products. This new registration process now takes place on a digital system, called SIPEAGRO. With the implementation of this system, MAPA intends to accelerate communication as well as to have, directly, qualitative and quantitative information from the productive sector.
In addition, a public consultation was launched at the end of June 2020, so that actors in the animal feed production sector can analyze and indicate weaknesses and / or points exceeded in Decree 6.296 of 2007. This Decree is one of the regulatory frameworks most important aspects of the animal feed chain in Brazil and the changes that will occur soon should change and update the regulatory procedures substantially. However, since it is a law published almost 15 years ago and, considering all advances in biotechnology and worldwide trends in animal feed standards, these changes are necessary for the country to remain in balance between its laws and trends and technologies current.
However, any structural modification has consequences for the productive sector, and these are enhanced by the frequent lack of knowledge of companies in relation to updates to regulatory frameworks and their respective procedures. This leads to a transition process that is slower than expected and often with losses, caused by the execution or misunderstanding of these procedures.
By working directly with matters related to the legislation of the Brazilian animal feed sector and of the main world markets, Prospera Nutri is always attentive to the updates and trends of the sector's legislation and has been assisting several Brazilian and international companies so that the legal and technical procedures are guaranteed and the transition processes take place in a natural and solid way.
According to Bruno da Silva Pierri, Phd and technical director of Prospera Nutri, “in addition to receiving technical support from a highly specialized team, companies find interesting financial advantages, as hiring a company specialized in regulatory frameworks has proven to be much more viable for companies. company than the creation of a specific sector in legislation ”. Still, according to Pierri, this is “due to the absence of specialized professionals in the area, which reduces competitiveness and increases costs. In addition, of course, to the country's huge labor and administrative taxes. ”
Thus, for Brazilian and foreign companies that intend to operate in the Brazilian animal feed market, it is important to pay attention to the regulatory changes that are underway so that unwanted surprises occur during or even after the completion of the regulatory processes.
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