The new issue of the QS Monitoring Report Feed not only shows the current results on residues in feed but also the development of the results over the last 5 years. In the meantime, the QS scheme can refer to an impressive database of 3.5 million analysis results. With stricter guidance, limit values and the inclusion of new examination parameters, the industry has responded continuously and dynamically to current incidents and findings on undesirable substances in feed. In recent years, the number of individual analyzes has increased, but also the proportion of exceedances has increased slightly.
Every year, the evaluations of our monitoring data show that feed companies are doing a good job, says Dr. Hermann-Josef Nienhoff. Managing Director of QS.
However, in some places, there is still room for improvement.
Salmonella and aflatoxin continue to be a recurring topic
An issue that has been increasingly affecting the industry in recent years is Salmonella in feed. While the proportion of positive findings 5 years ago was less than 0.1 percent, it is 0.35 percent for the first half of 2018. Although these are still not alarming numbers, they should raise awareness. Since Salmonella is a high risk and can have a direct impact on the animals' health, they should be actively addressed.
Aflatoxin B1 is also a recurrent topic in the feed industry. The current evaluations show that the calculated contents in feed samples often exceed the QS guideline. Due to the ongoing Aflatoxin B1 exposure, the additional control plan for Aflatoxin B1 will initially be continued. Only then the risk of Aflatoxin B1 can be controlled as comprehensively as possible.
The interactive world map has been enhanced with the latest country-specific analysis results and now includes the results of the last 2 1/2 years. The data can be accessed on the QS website and e.g. be used for in-house risk assessment.