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January | February 2014 SAFETY FIRST Chain approach in feed safety control is crucial

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SAFETY FIRST
Chain approach in feed safety control is crucial
in 1998. After investigations were triggered by the detection of increased dioxin levels in raw milk, it was found that about 150,000 tonnes of contaminated product had been distributed in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and northern France. A more recent experiby Johan den ence in Chile centred on Hartog, managing the contamination of copdirector, GMP+, The per sulphate with cadmium. Netherlands In the export destinations The Dutch feed industry of Chilean-produced pork, imported around 75 percent of its feed materials from other parts of the increased levels of cadmium were detected, world, from Europe as well as Asia and and traced back to contaminated copper the Americas. These materials are shipped sulphate used as an additive for pig feeds. Incidents like this saw the scope of the in large volumes to Northwest Europe. The consequence of this was that if a feed GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance scheme being material from a certain origin was contami- extended to the whole feed supply chain in nated with an undesirable substance, a huge 2000. It is important to control feed safety volume of that material would arrive at the risks as early as possible in the feed chain, and it is crucial that every entrepreneur taking country of destination. Two examples illustrate our previous part in the feed chain shows responsibility experiences. The first one is the contamina- for the safety of the marketed products, and tion of Brazilian citrus pulp (a by-product puts proper control measures in place. This of the fruit processing industry) with dioxin will prevent or, in case control measures fail crucial lesson the past has taught us is the need to realise feed safety control across the whole supply chain.The GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance certification began in the Netherlands in 1992, initially only to help oversee the production of premixes and compound feeds. Practical experience taught us that the source of contamination was often located in the supply chain.

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for whatever reason, reduce the distribution of contaminated batches of feed materials. At the same time, three related requirements were introduced: (a) a proper traceability system, (b) the duty to inform customers in case of contaminated deliveries and (c) the duty to recall delivered batches of contaminated feed products. On top of this set of instruments, we introduced an early warning system. When a case of contaminated feed product is detected, GMP+ International informs all certified companies (while respecting client confidentiality), giving details of the level of contamination, the name of the feed product involved and the country of origin. The alert enables other companies to take action and implement control measures, in case they are sourcing the product concerned from the same place of origin. GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance’s international coverage, with over 12,400 certified companies in 65 different countries, enables us to act properly in the interest of all links in the feed chain, including livestock and aquatic feed manufacturers, as well as the next links on their respective chains, the livestock and aquaculture producers. These interest groups should make the chain approach a basic condition for all feed supply.

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