AFIA Supports New AMS/FDA Animal Feed Export Certification Programme

ARLINGTON, Va., February 20, 2014 — The American Feed Industry Association is pleased with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new agreement that designates USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) as the authority to certify animal feed and pet food products for export to foreign countries.

“The agreement is a result of AFIA’s efforts to inform USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service about several issues that industry has had exporting to various markets, such as Brazil’s requirement for Good Manufacturing Practice certifications and products under the implementation of China’s AQSIQ Decree 118,” said Gina Tumbarello, AFIA manager of international trade. “The need to find a feed export certification solution for the increasingly popular requirements being put out by several countries ultimately led to these government agencies coming together to develop an agreement that would allow AMS to serve as the competent authority for feeds and register, audit and certify feed facilities as needed based on foreign requirements.”
AMS was selected to lead the programme due to its experience in working with stakeholders to develop export certification programmes that meet the specific requirements of foreign countries. The agreement was modeled after a previous USDA/FDA agreement on processed egg programmes.

USDA. Photo source: Wikipedia

USDA. Photo source: Wikipedia

 

“This agreement is a big step toward helping U.S. feed exporters take advantage of the growing global demand for these products,” said AMS Administrator Anne Alonzo.

The agency now has the ability to certify a wide range of animal feed products, including pet food and treats, dried distillers’ grains with solubles, mixed-ingredient feeds and feed additives.

The programme will not be implemented across the board for all feed and feed ingredient products to all markets.

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Instead, it will be addressed on a country-by-country basis. AFIA will help identify markets where the feed, feed ingredient and pet food industries are currently experiencing export difficulties related to certifications on foreign requirements. AMS will then work with the foreign government to determine if there is an opportunity for AMS to fulfill the requirements. The hope is for AMS to develop a programme and certificate that could be used across several export market requirements, rather than creating a separate certificate for each market.

Steps are already underway to use this programme to address certification requirements for processed plant-based feed products under China’s AQSIQ Decree 118 and AFIA looks forward to future opportunities to use this new mechanism for certification of feed and pet food products for export in other markets.

AFIA has been supportive of the USDA/FDA agreement since its early stages of development. The organization plans to work collaboratively with AMS, FDA and other representatives from the feed, grain and pet food industries as this programme develops.

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IPPE News

Back by popular demand, the Poultry Market Intelligence Forum is returning to the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo. Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NFPDA), the program will identify the challenges facing the industry and provide insight into how domestic and international poultry industries are positioned to move forward in 2013. The Poultry Market Intelligence Forum is free to all Expo and NPFDA meeting attendees.

USPOULTRY president John Starkey said, “The Poultry Market Intelligence Forum has been one of the most popular programs on the Expo schedule since its inception, and we are pleased to add it back for 2013.” He added, “Feed costs, global competition, and consumer demand present constant challenges for the poultry and egg industry, so it is important to stay informed about current conditions and projections for the future. This program helps keep industry leaders current on the various factors that could impact their financial performance.”

The program will feature two noted industry economists and a major food service provider. Mike Donohue, Agri Stats, will review Performance Trends for the Poultry and Egg Industry. Dr. Paul Aho, Poultry Perspective, will discuss Domestic and Global Drivers for 2013. Barry Barnett, Vice President of Global Supply and Purchasing for Church’s Chicken, will provide insight into The Customer’s View of the Poultry and Egg Industry.

The 2013 IPPE, one of the world’s largest poultry, feed, and meat industry events, will be held from January 29-31, 2013, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. The Poultry Market Intelligence Forum is scheduled from 9 – 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30.

Visit www.ipe13.org for more information.

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Atlanta Expo Puts Eggs in One Basket

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will serve as the umbrella name for the new U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), and American Meat Institute (AMI) 2013 Expo in Atlanta. The operation of this single structure makes it one of the 50 largest tradeshows in the United States with more than 1,000 expected exhibitors and close to 400,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

Each association will continue to operate independently, serving their respective constituents in offering targeted education and networking opportunities that compliment the Expo. This newly announced cooperation also sees the launch of the brand new logo for the 2013 Expo (above) which brings together the expertise of three major associations.

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is an all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, while AFIA is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America.

The event takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center Atlanta, GA in January 2013. The full show times are as follows: Tuesday, January 29, 2013: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2013: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

There will be plenty of available accommodation in the surrounding areas thanks to the centre’s prime location, but potential attendees should book now to avoid disappointment.

For full details subscribers should visit www.ipe13.org where you can find more about the expo and the necessary travel and hotel arrangements.

Any IMD listed companies attending can notify us of their attendance using PLAPP or by contacting me nearer the time.

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