Feed Energy announced that their production facilities in Des Moines, Sioux City and Pacific Junction received recertification in the American Feed Industry Association's Safe Feed/Safe Food program.
The Safe Feed/Safe Food program was established in 2004 to develop a proactive role in feed-based safety standards. Feed Energy was one of the first facilities of its kind to receive original certification in the program.
"In many cases, our guidelines in areas like record-keeping, employee training, ingredient-purchasing, feed-manufacturing, traceability and facility management exceed federal regulations," said Feed Energy Executive Director Mike Shindelar. "By adhering to Safe Feed/Safe Food standards, we know we are going the extra mile to ensure the safety of our products."
In 2011 President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act, enacting widespread changes for the feed and food industries. The centerpiece of this act is the requirement for all food, feed, ingredient and pet food facilities to identify feed/food safety hazards and develop written guidelines to control them—procedures Feed Energy currently has in place as part of Safe Feed/Safe Food certification.
"Feed Energy has already prepared for this legislation because we've taken a proactive approach in all our facilities as demonstrated by our recertification in the AFIA Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification program," Shindelar said.