News last update:6 Aug 2012

AFIA-president calls for rigorous import standards

AFIA President Joel Newman told representatives of President Bush's Interagency Working Group on Import Safety that countries exporting to the US should meet the same rigorous feed safety standards as those faced by companies in the US.

Newman expressed support for the Department of Health and Human Services' efforts to conduct ministerial negotiations aimed at obtaining a memorandum of agreement between the US and China.
In his remarks Newman strongly recommended reallocating the primary feed and food security responsibilities to FDA and USDA as well as providing the necessary funding.

“This would allow the agencies to perform their duties more efficiently and successfully. It would further ensure the best possible use of government expertise, while greatly reducing duplicative government services,” he said.
Better cooperation
AFIA's CEO also urged better cooperation among the federal government, state governments and industry. “Collaboration between government agencies and concerned industry is essential to addressing the safety situations we are facing with vastly increasing imports. Working better together and coordinating our communications are two important keys in addressing these challenges overall,” he said.
Newman pointed to AFIA's Safe Feed/Safe Food certification program as a good example of an industry-developed program that exceeds regulatory requirements for feed safety. The independent, third-party auditing program addresses potential safety risks in every production phase in the feed industry chain.
Third party auditing
“Programs like this can greatly contribute to the safety requirements essential in restoring confidence about imports and in assisting government with its obligation before the consuming public,” Newman offered.
He called for the review and official recognition of validated industry certification programs, like SF/SF, and suggested that an executive order should be issued to that effect. “Third party certification programs require less oversight and represent a “win-win” situation for government, industry and the consumer.
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