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Current Topics

  • Feed Adviser Register (FAR)

    The Feed Adviser Register (FAR) recognises standards of professionalism within the livestock feed supply sector  and operates through a network of Feed Adviser members that give advice to UK livestock producers.

  • European Protein Plan

    The EU Commission is working on proposals for an EU Protein plan which may form a part of the reformed CAP from 2020. The protein plan will address research and innovation, agronomic challenges and the environmental benefits of protein crops, the development of supply/value chains and market potential for EU plant proteins in different market segments, including food.

  • Vitamin B2 Authorisation Issue 

    The denial of authorisation of a particular source of Vitamin B2 has implications for the feed industry and AIC has been active on behalf of members on this issue.

  • UK Sustainable Soya Initiative 

    Sustainability is an increasingly important item on AIC’s agenda as the sustainability of the entire food supply chain attracts greater attention from NGOs, retailers and Governments, with deforestation in relation to soya being given particular focus.

  • Plastics in the Marine Environment

    The sources, fate and effect of microplastics on marine ecosystems have been reviewed by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection and are summarised here in an information paper.
  • AMR 

    Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is one of the most important challenges facing our species. In political terms it is now attracting as much attention as global warming and failure to address the problem could have far-reaching consequences for human health.

  • African Swine Fever

    African swine fever (ASF) is a notifiable animal disease which affects pigs. It does not affect humans and is not the same disease as classical swine fever or swine influenza. AIC continues to monitor the situation closely and is providing information which updates on the current ASF outbreaks in China and Europe and some informative work on risk assessment for feed materials and feed additives.

  • Insect Protein

    AIC is closely involved with the UK Government initiative on insect biomass and is engaged in order to express the feed industry views.

  • Maleic Hydrazide

    The Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) has removed the restriction on feeding livestock with produce which has been treated with maleic hydrazide (MH), including potatoes and potato products. 

  • Functional Additives

    Regulation 2019/962 amends Annex I to Regulation 1831/2003 and establishes two new functional groups of feed additives:-

    (a) other technological additives: substances or, when applicable, microorganisms added to feed for a technological purpose and which favourably affect the characteristics of the feed;

    (b) physiological condition stabilisers: substances or, when applicable microorganisms, which, when fed to animals in good health, favourably affect their physiological condition, including their resilience to stress factors.