AFIA applauds safer Chinese feed
American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) President
Joel Newman extended congratulations to Chinese and US officials responsible for
signing a historic agreement this week aimed at enhancing the quality of feed
and food shipped here from China.
Six months in the making, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed on Dec.
11, 2007 will result in a legally binding set of commitments from
Newman said, "This agreement is a major step toward realizing the
feed safety objectives of the Association."
The MOA was signed in Beijing
in advance of the third session under the United States-China Strategic Economic
It provides for a bilateral mechanism to ensure the safety of
feed and food products shipped to the US from China. Implementation will begin
with a select set of products, including pet foods and wheat and rice
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- Chinese firms exporting to the US must
register and submit to annual inspection to insure the products meet FDA
- AQSIQ (Administration of Quality, Supervision, Inspection and
Quarantine) will notify FDA (Federal Drug Administration) of all firms that fail
inspections or discontinue registration.
- AQSIQ will implement a tracing and
tracking system from production of raw materials to export of finished
- AQSIQ will implement a statistical based sampling program of products
- Certified Chinese products will be issued a certificate with a unique
number that China will also supply to FDA.
- FDA will develop a system to notify
China of non-registered products or those without certificates arriving at US
- Each country will mutually notify the other within 48 hours of
- FDA will be given greater access to Chinese facilities
- An AQSIQ/FDA Working Group will be established to
implement the agreement.
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