Even though the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in January 2011, it will continue to have a major impact on the feed industry throughout 2014. The animal food preventive control proposed rules were released in October 2013 with a very short comment period and more than 400 pages to review. Unfortunately, a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by consumer groups prevailed in federal court, which resulted in a court order that limited the comment periods for all the rules. Final rules must be issued by the end of June 2015, according to the courtâ€™s order.
As all of our members fully understand, success is a well-designed balance of effectively managing the day-to-day details and also keeping an eye on the future. This comes from astute leadership and a team that fully comprehends the plan and executes it effectively. This is just as important for your association as it is for your business. I want you to know the American Feed Industry Association is working to maintain a similar balance by updating its strategic plan.
A synopsis of significant actions taken by AFIA on behalf of member companies in the legislative and regulatory arenas. For additional information on any of these items, please contact AFIA staff.
The overall agenda will be colored by republicans fully focused on taking control of the Senate and retaining and increasing their House majority, and democrats fighting to preserve/increase their Senate majority while trying to erode the GOP majority in the House. We can also expect 2014 will bring the kick off to the 2016 run for the White House.
While some parts of the government may not be functioning at full capacity, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Environmental Protection Agency are moving full-speed ahead with new requirements and the proposition of new regulations.
In December of 2013, an Agreement on Animal Foods was finalized between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service. The agreement is a result of the American Feed Industry Association's efforts to inform the U.S Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service about several issues that industry has had exporting to various markets including but not limited to Brazil's requirement for good manufacturing practices certifications and products under the implementation of China's AQSIQ Decree 118.
In 2011, the American Feed Industry Association Pet Food Committee determined that pet food safety should not be a competitive issue in the industry and has since worked to provide educational materials, programs and resources for the industry to improve pet food safety for the betterment of the entire industry. After development of AFIA's Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program (PFMFCP), the committee then sought to improve upon AFIA's Salmonella Control Guide and develop a set of best practices for pet food safety that would encompass the entire pet food safety arena.
The Food Safety Modernization Act webinar held Dec. 11, 2013 hosted by "Feedstuffs" magazine and produced by the American Feed Industry Association and the National Grain and Feed Association had 850 downlinked sites, which translates to approximately 2,500 listeners.
Adisseo has been named the winner of the 2013 Information Technology Innovation Award for its web-based platform, Precise Nutrition Evaluation (PNE). The award, sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association, Feed & Grain magazine and AgGateway, acknowledges technological advancements in the feed and food industry to meet the demand of a growing population.
The Tennessee Farmers Cooperative of Rockford, Tenn., was named the 2013 Feed Mill of the Year. The annual award recognizes overall excellence in feed manufacturing operations and is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association and "Feedstuffs."
Dr. Chet Fields, Ph. D., was inducted into the American Feed Industry Association's Liquid Feed Hall of Fame, the highest award offered by the AFIA Liquid Feed Committee and the liquid feed industry.
Representatives from three liquid feed companies traveled to Washington, D.C., in January to participate in an educational training session the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicineâ€™s Staff College hosted. CVM offers the opportunity for feed industry leaders to present course instruction geared toward developing a better understanding of the industry to the chemists, drug reviewers, animal scientists, veterinary officers and consumer safety officers that work for CVM.
Support for the Institute for Feed Education & Research continues to grow among both individual and corporate stakeholders in the feed industry. In 2013, the broadening base of contributors allowed the foundation to take on new projects, while continuing progress towards its long-term financial goals.
Despite inclement weather conditions, the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo had more than 24,000 poultry, meat and feed industry registrants from all over the world. In addition, the show had 1,148 exhibitors with more than 410,000 net square feet of exhibit space. IPPE is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the American Meat Institute and is the world's largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event of its kind.
It's no secret that the War for Talent has morphed into a battle for the best talent. And, it's also no secret that the best talent has attributes and characteristics that are different from everybody else.
The American Feed Industry Association team includes expertsâ€”true industry insidersâ€”who have the background knowledge and insider expertise to answer the questions and concerns on our membersâ€™ minds.
The American Feed Industry Association Marketing Committee provides AFIA marketing and market research expertise and promotes the development and employment of market information that enables AFIA to be more responsive to the needs of its membership. The committee provides counsel and assists in marketing the value of AFIA, develops strategic marketing recommendations, supports the Third-Party Certification programs including the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, the International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program and two pet food specific programsâ€”Pet Food Ingredient Facility Certification Program and the Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program.
The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association has recognized Belstra Milling Company in DeMotte, Ind., with its â€œOne Welfareâ€ Recognition Award. The recognition is presented to pay tribute to an Indiana resident or company promoting the advancement of animal welfare issues through outstanding service, education, or research, or who provides exemplary care to agricultural animals and/or has significantly improved the welfare of agricultural animals in the state.
More than 100 people attended the American Feed Industry Associationâ€™s Regulatory Training Short Course that provided an intensive, one-day training on how to work as a regulatory professional in the feed, ingredient and pet food industry. The meeting, held in Arlington, Va., was designed for experienced regulatory directors, allowing them to interact with government officials and develop strategies to tackle the issues impacting their business.
The American Feed Industry Associationâ€™s annual Equipment Manufacturers Conference generated a successful turnout, with the highest attendance rate since 2004. The conference, held in Amelia Island, Fla., Nov. 7-9, 2013, focused on â€œDeveloping Your People for Tomorrowâ€™s Business, Today.â€
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.
A listing of new AFIA members.
The U.S. feed industry logged 46,500 hours of community service in 2013, almost double the hours compared to 2012, according to an annual informal survey conducted by the American Feed Industry Association. The survey also concluded the industry donated close to $3 million to local charities last year.
It has been many years since the American Feed Industry Association has updated its database and website. With all the recent changes and improvements in technology, including things such as responsive design (allowing websites to display properly on all screen resolutions and mobile devices), AFIA felt the time had come to update much of the website and membership database infrastructure.
The American Feed Industry Association welcomes W. Henry Turlington, Ph. D., as its new director of quality and manufacturing regulatory affairs (and newly created role within the organization) and Miranda McDaniel at its manager of communications.