EU approves updated crop handling guidance

The European Commission and member states have approved the latest version of an industry guide to good food and feed safety practice along the grain chain.

The European Guide of Good Hygiene Practices covers the collection, storage, trading and transport of cereals, oilseeds, protein crops, other plant products and derived products.  It is compiled by the EU grain trade association Coceral, Cogeca representing farmers and co-operatives and Unistock, the body for central and portside storekeepers. The latest version is the result of a two-year updating process of the original 2010 Guide.

The revisions update the guidance to operators on manage salmonella and monitoring dioxins; reinforces the guidelines on mycotoxin risk management and extends the scope to the handling of co-products by strengthening the guidance on traceability and good drying practice. There is also a new chapter on good hygiene practices when storing grain in portside silo.

“The document gives operators another toolbox to help them in their daily management of food and feed safety for the products they handle,” says a joint statement from the three bodies. “The Guide will help operators to comply with good hygiene practices when they collect, store, trade and transport grain, helping them to identify important risks which might have an impact on consumer safety and to build up procedures to control them.”

The latest version of the guide will be available on the websites of the respective associations once published in the EU Official Journal.