At their recent joint annual meeting, the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) launched the new Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Sector: Implementing the Codex Alimentarius Code of Practice on Good Animal Feeding.

The Manual, first published in 2010, aims to provide feed producers, farmers and all stakeholders along the feed value chain with comprehensive information and practical guidelines to comply with the requirements of the Codex Alimentarius Code of Practice on Good Animal Feeding. The Code is seen as an important step for the expansion of international trade of feed and products of animal origin. Both feed/food exporting and importing countries can benefit from a greater and safer trade in these products.

This Manual is intended to guide managers of feed mills, the feed industry as a whole and on-farm feed mixers and producers. It will also be of value to national competent authorities, in particular those engaged in feed inspection, in their supervisory roles. It can also serve as a training manual and a guide to setting up national feed associations.

“This Manual results from the long-standing and strong collaboration between IFIF and FAO and serves as an important tool to promote feed safety, which is a key element in the sustainable production of food of animal origin: it is a prerequisite for food safety and human health, as well as a necessity for animal health and welfare,” notes IFIF chairman Daniel Bercovici.

Daniela Battaglia, animal production officer at the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO, adds: “FAO and IFIF have a long-standing partnership. Together they also strive to promote feed safety globally as a component of access to trade, income generation and sustainability. In fact, feed is an integral part of the food chain and its safety has been recognized as a shared value and a shared responsibility.”

The new Manual is now available on both the IFIF and FAO websites.