Safe Feed/Safe Food
3/10/2014
Third-Part Certification Programs
Monday, March 10, 2014
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Section: Spring 2014





Recognizing that feed and food safety is an evolving and continuous improvement process, the American Feed Industry Association has regularly updated our feed and pet food industry third-party certification programs. With the growing global recognition of third-party certification programs as well as the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the time is right for AFIA to take our third-party certification programs to the next level of expertise, professional administration and global recognition by the industry and regulators.

To accomplish this, AFIA entered into an agreement with the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) in the fall of 2013, which will combine the strengths of both organizations for the benefit of the industry and certification program participants. SQFI is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. Combining our programs within the SQFI offering of third-party food safety certification programs will raise the global recognition of our programs in the broader feed and food industries.

Under this agreement, the administration of AFIA’s Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, Pet Food Manufacturing Facility and Pet Food Ingredient Facility Certification programs will be handled by SQFI. 

Programs Now Benchmarked
In January, GFSI recognized SQFI successfully adding the scope of “feed” to their already recognized scopes against the GFSI Guidance Document. This is the first GFSI recognized scheme to cover the scope of feed, which includes the production of animal feed and the processing of pet food. 

“As part of the American Feed Industry Association’s partnership with SQFI for the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program and the Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program, we now have GFSI benchmarked program options for our members,” according to AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman. “AFIA members have asked for a program that has been developed specifically for animal feed and pet food that can be benchmarked to the GFSI scheme and we are proud to say there is now an option available to them.” 

Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety for Walmart and vice-chair of the GFSI Board, said in a GFSI news release “one of the aims of GFSI is to provide solutions for the food industry from farm-to-fork. We are delighted that there is now an option for operators in this sector of the supply chain who wish to be certified against a GFSI recognized scheme.”

“SQF’s inclusion of animal feed and pet food production further demonstrates how our program is truly a farm-to-fork certificate solution,” said LeAnn Chuboff, senior technical director of SQFI. “We are encouraged that the SQF code continues to be flexible enough to meet the needs of the industry by strategically augmenting the scope of SQF and thereby ensuring a safer supply chain.”

Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program
In 2004, AFIA established the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, a voluntary, third-party certified initiative designed for feed mills and ingredient-related facilities in the U.S. and Canada. The program establishes comprehensive standards of excellence that go beyond existing regulations to show leadership and maximize food and feed safety. Participants in the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program are already equipped to meet the standards of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, meeting the compliance standards set forth by the new legislation. 

Now administered by the SQFI, participants have the option of obtaining a GFSI-benchmarked certification or a non-GFSI benchmarked certification.

The following facilities have recently earned certification:
SF/SF Facility City State
JBS United, Inc. Sheridan IN
Agri-Empresa, LLC. Carlsbad NM
Agri-Fine, Inc. Chicago IL
Alfagreen Supreme - Cozad Cozad NE
Alfagreen Supreme - Odessa Odessa NE
Alltech, Inc. Winchester KY
Byrne Farms Butte City CA
Centra Sota Feed and Grain Albany MN
Colorado Gourmet Potatoes, LLC. Center CO
Colorado Tech Blends Sublette KS
Economy Feed Mill, LLC. Glen Haven WI
Feed Sources, LLC. Rancho Cucamongo CA
Gateway Co-Packing Washington Park IL
Gold River Feed Products Shelbyville TN
H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc. Sanford NC
H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc. Albertville AL
H.J. Baker & Bro., Inc. Forest MS
International Ingredient Corporation - Marengo Marengo IA
Lyons Salt Company Lyons KS
M&M Milling Co. Brookhaven MS
Michigan Rail & Storage, Inc. Comstock Park MI
Mosaic Big Bend Port Terminal Gibsonton FL
Murphy Brown, LLC. Milford UT
Murphy Brown, LLC. - Yuma Feed Mill Yuma CO
New Vision Coop - Worthington Feed Mill Worthington MN
New Vision Coop - Windom Feed Mill Windom MN
Panther Industries, Inc. Davidson SK
PCS Sales/Savage Services Lake City FL
Perkins Feed Mill Terre Haute IN
QLF-Quality Liquid Feed, Inc. Auburndale FL
QLF-Quality Liquid Feed, Inc. Clovis NM
Sanimax Marketing, Ltd. South St. Paul MN
Shawnee Milling Feed Mill Shawnee OK
Strauss Feeds, LLC. Watertown WI
Westway Feed Products, LLC. Clovis NM
Wilbur-Ellis Company Orland CA
Wilbur-Ellis Company Portland OR
Wilbur-Ellis Company Rosser TX
Wilbur-Ellis Company Gooding ID
Wilbur-Ellis Company Idaho Falls ID
Yara North America, Inc. Ottowa IL

 
Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program and Pet Food Ingredient Facility Certification Program
AFIA introduced the Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program and the Pet Food Ingredient Facility Certification Program in 2012. This program was based on HAACP principles and demonstrates accountability and commitment to pet food safety. Participants in these two certification programs are already equipped to meet the standards of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, meeting the compliance standards set forth by the new legislation. 
 
Now administered by the SQFI, both programs are GFSI-benchmarked.

The following facilities have recently earned certification:
Pet Food Manufacturing Facility City State
Crosswind Petfoods, Inc. Hiawatha KS
Crosswind Petfoods, Inc. Sabetha KS
Hampshire Pet Products Joplin MO

 
International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program
AFIA launched the International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program in April 2010. The I-SF/SF compliments and expands on the successful domestic program that launched in 2004. AFIA is pleased to make the I-SF/SF Certification Program available in cooperation with its European counterpart, the Feed Additives and Premixtures Association, also known as FEFANA. This program is still administered by AFIA. 
 
The following facilities have recently earned certification:
International SF/SF City State
M&M Milling Co. Brookhaven MS
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