Revision of guideline feed monitoring with effect from 1 July 2011
As a consequence of the dioxin crisis at the beginning of this year, additional measures that have already been announced are now being implemented in the QS scheme. Following the revision of the guideline feed monitoring which came into force on 1 March 2011, the sector now adopted further tightened measures to increase feed safety. The revised guideline feed monitoring will be valid as of 1 July 2011.
The main changes include:
- Extended obligation of positive release sampling
Positive release sampling must also be carried out for feed materials like refining- and distillation fat acids (and their salts), raw coco-oil and raw cocoa butter as well as for fish oil (mandatory as K.O. requirement).
- Time-restrictions for feed analyses
A deadline has been set for the period between sampling and dispatch to laboratory and for the period between determination of audit results and their entry into the QS database: both companies and laboratories will have to comply with a time limit of ten working days (recommendation).
- Consideration of further risk-relevant areas: Integration of a control plan for fish and other sea food just as their products and by products
A new sector specific control plan for fish and other sea food just as their products and by-products shall be integrated into the guideline. The company specific control plans that were created thus far lose their validity; affected producers will have to comply with the control plans published within the guideline as from 1 July 2011.
These and all other amendments are summarized within the revision information of the guideline feed monitoring.