From the beginning, the FEMAS feed materials scheme has been based on HACCP principles, an internationally recognised system of hazard analysis pioneered by space agency NASA. Over recent years HACCP has become a central requirement of Food and Feed safety legislation.
The scheme is audited and certified by an independent certification body, in accordance with the internationally recognised standard EN45011. This means that the certification body is itself independently assessed every year to ensure that the standard is implemented and administered consistently and fairly.
The scheme dovetails with UFAS and with the UK livestock assurance (Little Red Tractor) schemes which the major supermarkets make a requirement for the home-produced livestock products they buy.
FEMAS participants are an extremely diverse group of companies, ranging from specialist additive manufacturers to food processors and brewers.
The Scheme consists of the FEMAS Core Standard and a range of Sector and Country notes with specific requirements for the varied operations and products encompassed within the scheme.
FEMAS is the UK partner in the International Feed Ingredient Standard (IFIS), a document developed by the International Feed Safety Alliance (IFSA) of which AIC is a member.