The ADM Spyck plant in Straubing, Germany was successfully certified according to the European Feed Ingredients Safety Code on the 10th of November, 2010.
The plant is a state of the art oilseed crushing facility that produces a number of high quality feed materials for the European market. The audit was performed by the certification body SGS.
“We are very proud to be the first feed materials producer in Germany to be EFISC certified,” said René van der Poel, General Manager ADM Straubing.
“We are convinced that EFISC is the feed safety management system of the future and we are confident that the certification will strengthen the position of ADM Straubing on the EU market.”
Combined industry effort
The EFISC promotes good practices in the industrial manufacturing of safe feed materials. The code was developed as a result of the shared commitment between the starch industry (AAF) and the oilseed crushing, oil refining and protein meal industry (FEDIOL) within the framework of the European Feed Ingredients Platform (EFIP), which provides a harmonised, voluntary feed safety assurance scheme for the feed materials industry in the EU.
The aim of the code is to provide safe feed for animals and consequently, to consumers further up the food chain by making the best use of the industry’s experience and expertise.
To achieve this goal, the code provides guidance for companies on how to establish their own feed safety management system in accordance with the relevant EU legislation.
The code includes requirements for management systems, prerequisite programmes, risk control (hazard analysis critical control points), withdrawal and traceability.
High level of feed safety
A transparent, solid and independent third party certification system has been developed by EFISC resulting in a uniform, highly compliant performance by participating operators.
“As a European standard, the EFISC will provide a high and uniform level of feed safety to manufacturers all over Europe and as a result, will facilitate a better functioning of the feed materials trade within the EU 27,” explained van der Poel. “In addition, it will offer increased transparency and confidence to our customers.”
More information on the feed safety standard can be found at www.efisc.eu