Farm-to-fork approach in ensuring feed quality and safety
Food safety is an essential public health issue for all countries. Foodborne diseases caused by microbial pathogens and chemical contamination in food represent serious threats to the health of billions of people. Trends in global food and feed production, processing, distribution and preparation present new challenges to food and feed safety.
Food safety programs are increasingly focusing on a farm-to-fork approach as an effective means of reducing foodborne hazards. This holistic approach to the control of food-related risks involves consideration of every step in the chain, from raw material to food consumption. Hazards can enter the food chain on the farm and can continue to be introduced or exacerbated at any point in the chain. Various quality standards have been developed to produce safer food and feed to prevent epidemic diseases.
In Europe, the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) database provides food and feed control authorities within European Union, which is an effective tool to exchange information regarding risks related to food or feed. While such common information-sharing platform is still unavailable within the Asia-Pacific region, recent food safety scandals (e.g. 'gutter oil', contaminated raw fish, suspected use of banned antibiotics in shrimp) have prompted various Asian authorities and industry associations to set up quality related regulations or code of practices (e.g. China's feed quality and safety management requirements, the Feed Ingredients and Additives Association of Australia code of practices).
As a result of increasing global trade with Europe and the US, more feed/feed additive and food producers in Asia are looking into obtaining certifications of international standards like FAMI QS, GMP+ and ISO 22000. By attaining these standards, doors to potential export markets in Europe and the US are opened.
"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort."
It all starts from within
Successful control of feed quality can be said to be dependent on the ongoing improvement of in-house quality, safety and environmental standards, especially in compliance with the rules of all countries and in agreement with the international rules and standards. This involvement and constant cooperation with international certification bodies are the fundamental elements for the competitiveness improvement of a company. As a result, BIOMIN has developed an Integrated Management System to accomplish the requirements and expectations of its stakeholders in order to secure profitability and sustainability of the company.
In 1997, BIOMIN introduced the international ISO 9001 standard. The HACCP system, introduced subsequently at BIOMIN production sites, provides the quality assurance our customers seek.
BIOMIN is committed and dedicated to health and safety of its employees as well as to the community where it operates. It views human resources as one of the most important aspects of the company, proven by the implementation of an overall Occupational Health and Safety Standard at the company.
As a pioneer in the forefront of the animal health and nutrition industry, BIOMIN is also dedicated to the development of sustainable solutions, evident in the implementation of an environmental management system based on ISO 14001 in the company.
Quality means that customers are able to purchase products with full confidence in their reliability and performance at any time. International and local feed quality standards like GMP+, FAMI-QS and QS guarantee the utmost degree of control and quality for a company's services and products--from raw material procurement to final production and distribution. In BIOMIN, a process-based management system that was introduced has allowed the company to continue improving its processes and activities.
The quality assurance in connection with the production of BIOMIN products are characterized by the following main factors:
1. All suppliers of BIOMIN are selected and qualified according to strict criteria
2. All raw materials are purchased according to reliable specifications which are additionally partly verified and chemically analysed
3. Any life cycle of BIOMIN products from order to distribution is controlled by computer programmes to ensure traceability
4. As a routine measure chemical, physical, and microbial analyses of raw materials and finished products are done
5. Inimitable and qualified employees are the cornerstone of sound processes at BIOMIN
6. BIOMIN consistently controls the effectiveness and continually improves the quality management system
The successful implementation of international feedstuff standards ensures the company's competitiveness.
BIOMIN attaches the highest level of importance of safety and security for its products and employees. BIOMIN has implemented stringent standards to protect the safety and health of its employees, with regular training programs for all employees and to help prevent occupational accidents.
As the livestock industry deals primarily with living organisms and meeting the basic human needs for food, it is a must to consider sustainable approaches to health, food security and safety, and the environment.
BIOMIN promotes sustainable and ecologically sound systems of animal production by calculating, certifying, and being fully aware of its carbon foot print. In addition to the implementation and certification of environmental management system ISO 14001 at several sites, BIOMIN has also carried out a full life cycle analysis (ISO 14040 and ISO 14044) to quantify the environmental impacts associated with the life cycle of all its products. With this, BIOMIN confirms that the performance of its products is linked to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production.
BIOMIN products are designed to improve feed conversion and significantly reduce CO2eq emissions in livestock production. With its NutriEconomics® concept, the positive effects in terms of environmental, nutrition and economical aspects of its products are assured.
The company is confident it can make a difference in environmental protection and the reduction of greenhouse gases, through a global approach. With the company's motto "Every contribution counts" and its ongoing endeavors to educate employees on environmental topics, BIOMIN encourages employees to be actively involved by contribute their ideas. The company also strives to continuously develop its actions and processes, including their impact on the environment, with a view to constant improvement.
Customer satisfaction is of priority to the company and BIOMIN aims to achieve this by setting one of the highest quality, safety, and environmental benchmarks for the industry.
We live sustainability in all our processes – for our future.
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Article made possible through the contribution of ERBER AG Integrated Management System (IMS) Team