This week the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) successfully launched its Global Animal Nutrition Programme feed safety training in Tanzania.
Supported by the U.S. Grains Council and the Tanzanian Feed Industry Association (TAFMA), the training programme based on the IFIF FAO Feed Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry focussed on increasing safety and feed quality at the production level by training over 60 representatives from the Tanzanian feed industries.
Developed by IFIF in 2015, the Global Animal Nutrition Programme is designed to raise capacities for feed safety in developing regions by training key individuals who can then apply and share their new skills with colleagues on-site within a country. This reflects IFIF’s mission to promote solutions and information sharing for the feed industry, as well as stimulate the adoption of international standards and global equivalency.
Increased feed safety
Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF executive director, said “We are pleased that we were able to hold the IFIF Global Animal Nutrition Programme in Tanzania with the support of the U.S. Grains Council and the Tanzanian Feed Industry Association. The IFIF training has real impacts for participants who can apply their new feed safety skills in feed mills across Tanzania and I congratulate all the participants for their dedication to increase feed safety and quality at the production level.” Ms de Athayde added, “IFIF members represent over 80% of animal feed production worldwide and capacity development for feed safety is one of the key priorities for IFIF. We will continue to roll out our Global Animal Nutrition Programme to other countries to support, train and develop the capacities of the local feed industries to raise feed and food safety standards globally.”
Working towards international benchmarks
Sufian Z. Kyarua, secretary general of TAFMA, said “the Tanzania feed industry is diverse and we are committed to continue working with our members towards achieving international benchmarks for animal feed safety and human food safety. Through the IFIF training programme our feed millers are better able to understand the FAO/IFIF Code of Practice for Good Animal Feeding and other Codex standards, including hazards associated with animal feed, good production practices, cross contamination, and sampling and analysis.”
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