Written by: Guest | October 14, 2021
By Gigi Vita, chief food safety assessment officer & senior vice president, The Food Industry Association (FMI)
The global food supply is as intertwined and integrated as it’s ever been. What happens on a feedlot in Nebraska can certainly impact a consumer in North Dakota, the same way that a broiler chicken’s diet can be the make-or-break difference to a shopper using a QR code to learn more about a particular product at the point of sale.
As those in this industry have long understood, the notion of a safe, high quality food supply is not limited to human food. Wholesome feed sustains animals that are part of the human food supply, and contribute to nutrition, health and taste.
To demonstrate their commitment to providing feed that meets and exceeds criteria for food safety and quality, animal food manufacturers of all kinds can take advantage of certification programs designed to ensure compliance and instill confidence, including the American Feed Industry Association’s Safe Feed/Safe Food (SF/SF) certification program and the Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification program from the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI).
Certification through these programs provides the pathway for manufacturers of all foods – including animal feed – to meet the high standards they set for themselves and what’s expected of them by their customers and regulatory agencies.
Certifications can bolster a feed manufacturer’s business and reputation in a number of ways:
SQF’s latest Food Safety Code for Animal Feed Manufacturing, Edition 9, outlines the steps needed to achieve certification, including registration on the SQFI assessment database, the choice of a designated SQF practitioner, training, determination of certification scope, documentation, mandatory and applicable elements, pre-audit assessments, selection of a certification body, selection of an SQF auditor, audit details and reporting and any necessary corrective actions, among other elements. Requirements for maintaining certification are also listed and explained.
Underscoring the power of collaboration throughout the food chain, SQFI is proud to serve as a resource and administrator for AFIA’s SF/SF certification. By going above and beyond existing requirements, certification to SQF codes and to the SF/SF program is the sustaining force for a strong, healthy future for animals and people alike.
For more information, please visit the new SF/SF certification program website or contact Paul Davis, Ph.D., AFIA's director of quality, animal food safety and education.