Provides an assurance system to ensure that feed destined for UK livestock meets safety requirements defined by legislators and industry.
The Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) was launched in 1998 and now accounts for well in excess of 95% of the commercially produced compound feed in the UK and Ireland. A merchants’ standard was added later to the scheme, and in total UFAS now has almost 1000 participating sites in the UK and Ireland.
UFAS is based on HACCP principles, a system originally pioneered by space agency NASA, but now forming the bedrock of UK and EU Food and Feed legislation. The scheme is audited and certified by an independent certification body, in accordance with the internationally recognised standard ISO 17065. This means that the certification body is itself independently assessed every year to ensure that the standard is implemented and administered consistently and fairly. Partly as a result of this independence of inspection, local authorities now include participation in UFAS in their risk assessments of Feed businesses.
The scheme dovetails with the UK livestock assurance (Red Tractor Farm Assurance, Quality Meat Scotland) schemes which the major supermarkets make a requirement for the home-produced livestock products they buy.
Companies involved in the transport and physical loading of dangerous goods are required to appoint a qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA). AIC have set up this DGSA register so that a company can make contact with one if they require.
Action has been agreed between AIC, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and veterinary profession to ensure that the vet is in control of the diagnosis of any disease in the animals under his/her care and the subsequent medication required. Thus, medicated feed is never delivered until the vet has issued the MFSp to the feed supplier and copied the farmer.