July 18, 2011
Cargill. B.V. Izegem certified against the European Feed Ingredients Safety Code
The Cargill B.V. Izegem refinery in Belgium has been successfully audited against the European Feed Ingredient Safety Code (EFISC) for the production of its feed materials.
The plant is transforming about 500,000 tonnes of crude and refined oils into various food and feed products. The EFISC certification resulted from an audit conducted by the certification body SGS.
â€œTogether with other major single feed material manufacturers, we strive for a state- of-the-art and uniform implementation of the European feed legislation within the EU internal market. With EFISC and the third party certification, we show our customers that we provide the same products of excellence to all our customers in the EU, whereever they are," said Koen Bruyneel, Plant Superintendent Cargill Izegem. The EFISC scheme is operational since October 2010 and building on the feed safety expertise of the industry in combination with the experience of the European Feed Ingredients Platform (EFIP). Currently, more than 20% of all the single feed materials manufactured in the EU are certified against EFISC, showing the commitment of the industry, and continuously growing.
The European Feed Ingredients Safety Code promotes good practices in the industrial manufacturing of safe feed materials. The code was developed as a result of the shared commitment between the starch industry (AAF) and the oilseed crushing, oil refining and protein meal industry (FEDIOL) within the framework of the European Feed Ingredients Platform (EFIP), which provides a harmonised, voluntary feed safety assurance scheme for the feed materials industry in the EU. The code is open to other feed material producing sectors to join.
The aim of the code is to provide safe feed for animals and consequently, to consumers further up the food chain by making the best use of the industry's experience and expertise. To achieve this goal, the Code provides guidance for companies on how to establish their own feed safety management system in accordance with the relevant EU legislation. The code includes requirements for management systems, prerequisite programmes, risk control (hazard analysis critical control points), withdrawal and traceability.