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Safe feed is recognized as helping to reduce production costs, maintain or increase food quality and reduce food losses and waste. 

But the safety of the supply chain can be undermined by feed ingredients through carryover or contamination during production, handling, storage and transportation, or may also result from accidental or fraudulent human intervention.

Hazards associated with animal feed can be of a biological, chemical or physical nature and can include pathogenic microorganisms, heavy metals, dioxins, dibenzofurans and PCBs, residues of veterinary drugs and pesticides or they may be associated with novel and unconventional feed and feed ingredients.

News in brief

Feed additives risk: EFSA asks industry to review draft guidance

EFSA has initiated the public consultation phase in relation to a series of guidance documents supporting the safety assessment of feed additives.

Purina, Texas Farm Products call for aquafeed case dismissal

Purina Animal Nutrition and Texas Farm Products Company have requested a lawsuit brought against them regarding bass feed be dismissed.

US researchers track pathogen survival in swine feed

Feed or feed ingredients may offer viral pathogens access to US farmed swine, say researchers.

California feed company settles contamination case, must pay out over $725K

Western Milling has agreed to a $526,500 cash fine and $200,000 in safety upgrades as part of a settlement with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

US Syfrett Feed told to change practices, stop making medicated feed

Syfrett Feed Company has been asked to make changes in procedure, practice not medicated animal feed, says court ruling.

Cattle-feed additive ractopamine found in Cargill horse feed

Cargill has found trace amounts of ractopamine in an equine feed supplement and is pulling the contaminated product from market.

Food and mouth disease risk from exports: USDA reviewing system gets checkup

Improved guidance and transparency are needed for USDA’s reviews of foreign animal health systems, says GAO program director. 

Finnish salmonella study estimates risk from pig feed, argues for status quo on controls UPDATED

Replacing imported feed raw materials with domestic ones could lead to a decrease in the Salmonella prevalence among pigs in countries where infection is low, such as in Finland, finds...

Potential feed link in dioxin contamination scandal in Taiwan

The spotlight is on animal feed in a probe by Taiwanese authorities investigating an incident where eggs were found to have been tainted by dioxin.

Feed not covered under US and Australian food system recognition deal

The FDA says Australia's food system is comparable to the US, but the recognition may not initially bring much change for the feed industry in either country.

US agriculture departments call for $20m to fund FSMA work on animal feed

State agricultural departments are calling for $20m in federal funding to support work on feed portions of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Feed, grains continue to kill in the US

In 2016, the US saw 30 deaths related to confined agricultural spaces including feed grain bins and handling facilities, says safety expert.

FAO wants views on how to best benchmark feed risk assessment

The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is seeking the views of the feed sector on guidance material on how best to conduct risk assessment for feed.

Feed safety high on the agenda at Brussels workshop on former foodstuffs

Managing risk when using surplus food in feed: industry weighs up options

Delegates at an event in Brussels last week heard how former foodstuffs transformed into feed can be a safe, sustainable business strategy that contributes to food waste prevention. 

Future of formaldehyde in feed: ‘EU did not weigh up paper assessing worker risk’

Anitox says there has not been any new evidence published to support a proposed EU ban on the use of formaldehyde in feed.

Purina disputes the accusations and intends to fight them

Fish farm alleges Purina feed led to fish death

Veath Fish Farm has filed a lawsuit against Purina Animal Nutrition and a third party manufacturer claiming loss of income due to fish death.

Canada: Firm to offer more data in light of dioxin-based recall

After dioxin levels prompted a voluntary recall effort in Canada, Absorbent Products is turning to additional testing to demonstrate how little is bioavailable, says company president.

EU farmers want short-term ban imposed on Brazilian meat imports

The EU farm lobby wants the EU Commission to impose a temporary ban on Brazilian meat imports, in the wake of the meat scandal in the Latin American country. 

Canada: anti-caking agent recalled over dioxin concerns

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency advised a manufacturer to recall a feed ingredient from the Canadian marketplace due to unacceptable levels of dioxins.

Special edition: Supplements for pets

Some vets not sold on routine supplementation for pets

People love their pets. And they can love them to death, animal nutrition experts say.

Mercosur deal: Brussels pressed over Brazilian meat scandal

The EU farm lobby has stressed concerns over meat standards and safety must be given priority in discussions with the Latin American trade bloc in the wake of the corruption...

Glyphosate should not be classed as a carcinogen: ECHA

In a long awaited opinion, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said, on the available scientific evidence, there were no grounds to classify the controversial herbicide, glyphosate, as a carcinogen, as...

VIV Asia 2017 Preview

Lallemand to address aqua feed costs, formulation challenges in Bangkok

Lallemand is flagging up the benefits of using yeast derivatives, probiotics, and antioxidants in fish and shrimp nutrition at an aquaculture focused conference tomorrow ahead of the VIV Asia trade...

News in brief

US confirms bird flu on poultry farm

A strain of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza has been found at the facility of a commercial chicken breeder flock, said the USDA.

News in brief

UK feed producer fined as worker loses finger

A court has fined UK animal feed manufacturer, W L Duffield and Sons Ltd, after a mill cleaner suffered a serious hand injury.

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