Byrne keynote speaker at Fefana meeting
On the occasion of the General Assembly of Members (AGM), Fefana welcomed its
members and guests and keynote speaker Dr. David Byrne former EU Commissioner
for Health and Consumer Protection.
At this informative day, Byrne explained how important it is to master the
challenge of globalisation while maintaining high food and feed chain safety
requirements. Dr. Byrne indicated that the White Paper on Food Safety was the
master plan (Farm to Fork, food and feed chain, hygiene, risk assessment
and risk communication) in order to avoid food and feed safety incidents which
could affect local economy and social stability.
Secretary General - Mr. Didier Jans - gave an instructive
overview stressing the association's main activity areas which are among others:
Guidelines, Guidances and new functionalities linked to Reg. 1831/2003; the
re-authorisation process with 7 consortia currently at work in this matter;
analysis harmonisation as well as validation and verification; codes on the
labelling of additives and premixtures, labelling of feed and functional claims;
definitions (interpretation and need for transparency); harmonisation and
proposal for a legal framework regarding supplementary feed; marketing of feed;
Feed Hygiene Regulation and Control as well as environment and sustainability.
Dr. Hadden Graham, the Fefana
President, presented the 2008-2010 Fefana strategy, focusing on the lobbying and
networking aspects. He mentioned that the flow of information from and to
members as well as the integration and co-ordination of communication at all
levels is also high on the Fefana agenda. However, Dr. Graham indicated that
Fefana would also focus more in the future on the challenges raised by the
current and future EU enlargement.
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