Industry LinksBelow are links to organizations that AFIA either has a formal partnership with or is currently a member.
Thanks to decades of investment and innovation, America’s food and agriculture producers feed the world with safe, nutritious, affordable food. It’s a system that we can take pride in, and it will become even more essential in the coming years as the world struggles to feed a growing global population. Unfortunately, there is insufficient focus in today’s public discussion regarding the benefits that our modern, efficient food system provides to consumers and society. This unbalanced public debate is negatively influencing public policy and consumers’ choices. The Alliance to Feed the Future is an umbrella network that connects these disparate efforts, so they become more effective. AFIA has been a member of the Alliance since 2012. The mission of the alliance is to raise awareness and improve understanding of the benefits and necessity of modern food production and technology in order to meet global demand.
: Founded in 1987, the Alliance is the broadest coalition of individual farmers, ranchers, producer organizations, suppliers, packer-processors, scientists, veterinarians and retailers. AFIA is a founding member of the Alliance and currently serves on the board of directors. The Alliance's mission is simple: Connect, Engage, Protect. The Animal Agriculture Alliance is an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. The Alliance connects key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. The Alliance engages food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. The Alliance protects by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation.
: The Center for Food Integrity was established in 2007 to build consumer trust and confidence in today's food system. CFI is a not-for-profit organization whose members represent each segment of the food chain, including farmers and ranchers, universities, food processors, restaurants, retailers and food companies. AFIA has been a member of CFI since 2013. The organization has four distinct competencies aimed at equipping people in today’s food system with the skills and messages they need to effectively communicate with consumers on issues of concern: design and develop models that fundamentally define and communicate trust; research and develop messages that build consumer trust; train and develop highly qualified messengers to deliver positive and accurate information on today’s food system to key influencer audiences; and are a food system leader in delivering programs and messages that build consumer trust.
: AFIA and Clarion Safety Systems developed a partnership to provide the feed industry with up-to-date safety labels. Together, we can drive safety performance to a new level of compliance and risk reduction. The labels presented here have been engineered to meet the latest ANSI Z535 standards. Special AFIA pricing on these labels is available only to members as one of the benefits of membership. Clarion is an industry leader in creating a system of visual safety for today's machinery, equipment and facilities.
FAMI-QS is the quality and safety system for specialty feed ingredients and their mixtures. Since 2004, representatives of the above-mentioned industry have worked together to devise FAMI-QS, the first code aimed at this sector of the animal feed business. The FAMI-QS Code addresses safety, quality and regulatory compliance of specialty feed ingredients and their mixtures by minimizing the risk that unsafe specialty feed ingredients and their mixtures enter the feed and food chain; enabling an operator to implement the objectives of the Feed Hygiene Regulation (183/2005/EC); and providing measures to ensure that other feed safety regulatory requirements are met. FAMI-QS is a pioneer in its field as it is the only certifiable code specifically aimed at specialty feed ingredients and their mixtures. It was also the first Community Guide to Good Practice to obtain official recognition from the European Commission as foreseen in the Feed Hygiene Regulation. Today, certified companies are spread across more than 40 countries. Furthermore, we have a worldwide network of certification bodies that allows the implementation of FAMI-QS in any part of the globe. AFIA’s International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification program meets the FAMI-QS requirements.
represents the global feed industry as an essential participant in the food chain that provides sustainable, safe and nutritious food. Overall, IFIF members represent more than 80 percent of the feed production worldwide. IFIF is made up of national and regional feed associations, feed related organizations and corporate members from around the globe. It provides a unified leadership and coordinating role to promote the global feed industry in order to contribute to the sustainable supply of safe, healthy feed and therefore food. AFIA serves on IFIF’s board of directors and has been a member since 1997.
is developing international standards for feed machinery with the initial focus on hygiene, safety and terminology. The U.S. Technical Advisory Group (US TAG) to TC 293 represents U.S. interests in this effort and formulates the U.S. vote.
In 2009, IFEEDER formed to support the future of the feed industry as it is challenged to sustain the escalating world population. Through today’s focused research and educational programs, IFEEDER is paving the way for future generations to meet these enormous challenges. IFEEDER is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to sustaining the future of food and feed production through education and research. IFEEDER broadly represents the feed industry, including representation from academia, and experts in science and technology.
purpose is to provide a source for individuals and organizations to obtain information, education and solutions for the challenges facing the animal agriculture and industry. NIAA carries a strong legacy of providing the U.S. livestock industry with a forum to collectively address issues of common interest. NIAA is dedicated to programs to work towards the eradication of diseases that pose a risk the health of animals, wildlife and humans; promote a safe and wholesome food supply for our nation and abroad; and promote best practices in environmental stewardship, animal health and well-being. NIAA issue initiatives encompass the entire animal agriculture field including cattle, sheep, swine, avian, equine and aquaculture industries. The organization addresses many traditional livestock industry issues, such as animal health, animal care and handling, animal production (on-farm) food safety, animal identification and information systems and environmental issues, but also engages in emerging issues such as international trade and biotechnology, preventive herd/flock health strategies, disease eradication, animal health emergency management, animal health and trade and emerging diseases.
is recognized by retailers and food service providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. Using the SQF certification program will help reduce assessment inconsistencies and costs of multiple assessment standards. What’s more, the SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. Administered by the Food Marketing Institute, SQF benefits from continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns. These benefits are passed on to SQF certified suppliers, keeping them a step ahead of their competitors. The mission is to deliver consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs based on sound scientific principles, consistently applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders. SQF has been the administration for AFIA’s Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program and the Pet Food Ingredient and Pet Food Manufacturer Certification Programs since 2013.