FEMAS provides sustainable soy sourcing assurance after passing FEFAC benchmarking
Feed manufacturers and suppliers looking to procure soy from responsible sources for their animal feeds can now use the Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS) run by the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) for this purpose, after FEMAS successfully met the soy sourcing benchmarking guidelines set by the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) for the European feed industry.
John Kelley, Chief Operating Officer of AIC and Managing Director of AIC Services, said, “This is a great achievement for FEMAS and supports both scheme participants and AIC Members in achieving their aims for a sustainable supply chain for soya. This is one of a number of measures in the feed sector which demonstrates progress in the AIC’s Roadmap for a Sustainable Food Chain.”
Soy is an important ingredient in livestock feed but its production has been linked to environmental issues such as deforestation. Feed companies are increasingly being asked by customers to make sure there are no sustainability issues such as deforestation in their supply chains. One way to demonstrate this is through certification schemes which focus on sustainable and responsible soy production and sourcing.
The ‘Soy Sourcing Guidelines’ developed by FEFAC in 2015 were updated in 2021 to reflect these changes in market need. The FEMAS Responsible Sourcing module was revised in 2021 following this update and has now successfully passed the independent benchmarking process against the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines 2021 conducted by the International Trade Centre (ITC).
A total of 20 schemes have successfully applied and passed the benchmarking process and these are displayed in the updated FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines Benchmarking Tool on the ITC Standards Map. This tool allows users to filter for schemes that provide conversion-free soy, enabling them to select between the different supply chain models and two periods of deforestation cut-off dates.
AIC is the UK trade association representing the agricultural supply chain sectors of Arable Marketing, Crop Protection and Agronomy, Feed, Fertiliser and Seeds, since its inception in 2003. In all, AIC represents members responsible for some £9 billion of farm trade. A significant part of its work is political lobbying and influencing as well as supporting members with technical information.
AIC Services, which is the professional services arm of AIC manages a range of services, including Assurance Schemes recognised by UK government as essential tools to underpin feed & food safety alongside fertiliser security. Currently these include:
- Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC)
- Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS)
- Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS)
- European Seed Treatment Assurance (ESTA)
- Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme (FIAS)
- Feed Adviser Register (FAR)
- Renewable Energy Directive (RED)
- Forage Assurance Scheme (FAA)
- AIC Services Palm Oil Credit Scheme (APOCS)
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