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US looks to manage feed crops exposed to flood waters

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is attempting to address concerns regarding use of flooded or storm damaged feed crops. 

Commission told to extend 5% non-organic feed protein rule

UK farming organizations are urging the EU Commission to extend two derogations for organic pigs and poultry that are due to expire at the end of this year.

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South Africa: Firms told alleged feed deal 'violates' competition law

Two South African companies face charges over reportedly violating competition law in that market in relation to the supply of fruit juice byproducts for animal feed use.

Call to action: Project aims to shift edible fats and oils onto sustainable footing

Volac, which among other activities, runs a global animal feed fats business with Wilmar, wants to help shape the future of edible fats and oils, such as those derived from...

Mycotoxins: EFSA weighs in on risk from DON in feed

Austrian company, Biomin, says a recent EFSA opinion implies the real on-farm threat to animals posed by the mycotoxin, deoxynivalenol (DON), could be routinely underestimated. 

Vivergo Fuels: 2% biofuel crop cap would be ‘disastrous’ and hit feed hard

The UK government’s 2% biofuel crop cap proposal would be disastrous for bioethanol producers, farmers and the feed sector, says head of government affairs at Vivergo Fuels.

US software developer looks to streamline feed mill operations

US company, Sprout Solutions, is using tools from the world of finance to addressing feed milling challenges. 

IFFO picks holes in paper linking fishmeal and antibiotic resistance

Some perspective is required when evaluating the results of the recently published Chinse study identifying antibiotic resistant genes in fishmeal, argues the IFFO.

Campaigners want US to rethink biofuel feedstocks

Factors such as direct and indirect land use conversion, higher feed prices and environmental damage are prompting US environmental campaigners, Mighty Earth, and others to demand the EPA reconsider and...

Question over safety of GM bacteria derived feed product

EFSA was unable to conclude on the safety of a feed material produced by fermentation with Escherichia coli, a by-product of the production of l-lysine, for certain animals and for meat consumers. ...

Research shows antibiotic resistant genes in fishmeal

Chinese scientists have found 132 antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in commercially available fishmeal.

US: Feed safety concerns continues after flooding

Floodwaters may mean stored feed and feed crops in Texas and surrounding areas need to be destroyed to maintain feed safety, says FDA.

Fitness check for EU feed additives regulation

The European Commission is seeking comments on the extent to which the existing EU feed additive legislative framework is fit for purpose.

US feed groups weigh in on GMO labeling law

NGFA and the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food call for the USDA to be clear when relaying the idea that a biotech labeling disclosure law does not apply to...

US organic advocacy group weighs in on regulatory updates as USDA seeks tougher regulations

Importers of organic feed grains to the US may see more scrutiny as the National Organic Program seeks to improve oversight and control procedures.

European Commission to investigate Bayer-Monsanto tie-up

Reduced competition in pesticides, seeds and plant traits are among the reasons given by the European Commission in announcing an in-depth investigation of a proposed Monsanto-Bayer merger.

Environmental group draws up feed production roadmap

Cover cropping, protecting soil health and improving waste nutrient management are among suggestions offered in a report that highlights the environmental effect of feed crop production in the US.

Feed, grain industry groups call for caution in NAFTA talks

Modernize NAFTA, but do not destroy it was the theme of several feed and grain industry members comments on the start of re-negotiations for the trade agreement.

Canada offers new path for export grain testing

CFIA is set to offer grain and feed grain producers a new channel toward phytosanitary certification for product exports.

AFIA, NGFA applaud FDA’s slowdown of regulatory inspections for FSMA preventive controls

The slowdown in regulatory review gives more time for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to offer guidance to members, said the feed organizations.

UK poultry sector cuts antibiotic use by 50% in one year

UK poultry farmers not only halved antibiotic usage during the year to 2016 and eliminated the prophylactic use of antibiotics altogether, they did this as part of a 71% reduction...

US grain and feed organizations talk priorities for trade agreements

Use of science-based risk assessments, reducing import delays and increased transparency are on the list of priorities for US feed and grain organizations seeking to offer input on upcoming trade...

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FAO carrying out survey on contaminants in feed

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking industry feedback and data on potential contaminants in feed.

Thailand: Feed wheat usage higher than expected due to import exemption for shrimp feed sector

A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) report looking at feed usage trends in Thailand sees impact due to the government’s import restrictions on feed wheat.  

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Food and feed genotoxic substances risk assessment - EFSA opinion up for review

EFSA has launched a public consultation on a draft opinion developed by its scientific committee on the evaluation of the genotoxicity of substances in food and feed safety assessments.

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