On April 24, SGS Brookings hosted a Client VIP day to discuss global feed regulations, especially as related to the international GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance (FSA) scheme.
Six major companies representing multiple sectors of the animal feed industry were present, as were Johan den Hartog and Dik Wolters, General Manager and Project Manager, respectively, of GMP+ International based in The Netherlands, as well as technical experts from SGS’s audit services and analytical testing services.
Much of the discussion centered on contaminant testing requirements of GMP+ FSA and the need for GMP+ International to consider the differences of United States law from that of the European Union. For example, European companies are allowed to treat and release products that are found to contain Salmonella, whereas in the United States, such products must be reported to the FDA and destroyed.
The roundtable discussion also focused on how the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will change requirements within the United States and the potential effects on global feed regulations and GMP+ FSA.
The comments and suggestions made by the quality managers of these US companies will be taken to a May meeting of the GMP+ International technical committees. Additionally, GMP+ International is evaluating all of their requirements this year, based on the results and experiences of the past several years. The input given at the Brookings meeting will be part of this evaluation and could result in changes to the GMP+ FSA standards.
As these changes are made in 2012, GMP+ International is also looking to add elements of sustainability to its FSA scheme.
There are currently more than 11,000 companies around the world certified to GMP+ FSA. In the United States, there are 105 certificate holders and SGS acts as the certifying body for more than 90 of these facilities.
The objective of GMP+ FSA is to ensure companies are producing and distributing animal feed that is safe for consumers (of animal products), animals and the environment, and do to this is a way that is both demonstrable and transparent for all stakeholders.