FEFAC, the European feed trade association, has adopted a long-term strategy that highlights the feed industry’s role as a “knowledge-driven, highly-skilled and reliable partner to a sustainable, competitive EU livestock sector”.
The FEFAC 2030 vision on the Animal Feed Industry is based on the key pillars feed safety, animal nutrition and sustainable feed production. The policy will help inform FEFAC’s work, alongside its partners in the Agri-Food Chain Coalition, in lobbying EU policy makers to adapt the regulatory framework to allow the supply chain to be more innovative, in order to tackle the challenges facing society such as climate change; the growing demand for safe food and animal health and welfare.
The vision will be further explored at the first FEFAC-FEFANA joint conference, Innovation in Animal Nutrition, to be held on June 9th 2016 in Brussels.
FEFAC’s annual congress, held in Turkey last week, was themed the Social acceptance of livestock & feed production in the EU. Topics covered included the compound feed industry’s contribution to the circular economy; measuring the environmental footprint of feed production; and the responsible sourcing of raw materials. Delegates agreed that feed industry innovation increases the efficiency of livestock production, with direct benefit to consumers and wider society, making the EU livestock and feed sector more socially acceptable. The presentations are on the FEFAC website.
In a video message, European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis highlighted the contribution animal feed manufacturers make to the circular economy and food waste reduction by using resources no longer suitable for human consumption. However, it is crucial to assure feed safety and animal health when using unconventional feed ingredients, so as to maintain consumer confidence.
FEFAC’s council re-elected Ruud Tijssens as president for a further year, with existing praesidium members, including Tony Bell of the AIC, also having their mandates extended until June 2017. EUROFAC, a new body representing 85% of the French compound feed and premix industry, will take over the FEFAC membership from SNIA on June 1st 2016.