FEFAC reveals dioxin testing protocol development

Two-pillar action plan addresses contamination risks linked to feed fat supply chain

The European Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation, FEFAC, revealed a two-pillar action plan to address dioxin contamination risks linked to the feed fat supply chain.

Such a step comes on the heels of the recent dioxin-contaminated animal feed issue in Germany, which temporarily closed down 4,700 farms and disrupted trade in the region. The two pillars of the plan, submitted at the 2nd European Commission briefing for the European Union feed fat chain partners, are:

Pillar 1: Development of a testing protocol for a structured dioxin monitoring plan of the feed fat supply chain at EU level before the end of the month.Pillar 2: Review of the registration, i.e., approval requirements for fat blending businesses under the EU Feed Hygiene Regulation (EC) No 183/2005.

“Although the German authorities consider fraud at the fat blending plant which mixed technical fats in feed fats as the most plausible road of the contamination, we, as customers, must take all necessary and effective action which can help preventing such incidents in the future,” said FEFAC President Patrick Vanden Avenne. “In our view, this would require a combination of an industry-own structured monitoring plan and specific legal requirements for the approval of fat blending plants, which currently only have to be registered under the EU Feed Hygiene Regulation.”