The SFMCA operates FeedSafe® as the Quality Assurance Accreditation Program for the Australian stock feed industry.
All full (active manufacturer) members of the SFMCA are be required to comply with FeedSafe® to retain their Association membership. The central aspect of FeedSafe® is a Code of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), which has been developed in conjunction with the Chief Veterinary Officers within each State, and the final document has Primary Industries Ministerial Council endorsement.
FeedSafe® requires feed manufacturers to meet minimum standards in relation to:
- Premises and mill buildings
- Personnel training and qualifications
- Plant and equipment
- Raw material sourcing and purchasing
- Raw material quality and storage
- Feed formulation and manufacturing
- Product labelling
- Loading, transport and delivery to clients
- Product inspection, sampling and testing
- Customer complaint investigation
To obtain FeedSafe® accreditation, feed manufacturers are required to undergo annual site audits, these being conducted by independent third party food safety auditors.
FeedSafe® is a program aimed at increasing the commitment of the Australian stock feed industry to quality assurance and risk mitigation in the manufacture and use of animal feeds. The SFMCA through FeedSafe® has recognised the need for a broader industry approach to feed and food safety and is providing greater security of supply to Australia’s livestock industries. Feed manufacturers are required to implement HACCP as part of their accreditation.
FeedSafe has links with other industry QA programs and the SFMCA supports the programs such as those run by the Feed Ingredients and Additives Association of Australia (FIAAA), Australian Renders Association (ARA) and Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA). The SFMCA also works with the livestock industry peak bodies to ensure the FeedSafe program meets their requirements in the supply of feed to Australian livestock producers.
® SFMCA October 2002