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 in excess of 700 participants 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 EU Food and Feed legislation. The scheme is audited and certified by an independent certification body, in accordance with the internationally recognised standard EN45011 (also known as ISO Guide 65). 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.
Providing safe feed and food is essential to ensure that the risk of a food or feed ‘incident’ is minimised. A complex web of supply chains combine to achieve this and the Agricultural Industries Confederation’s (AIC) feed trade assurance schemes form a vital part of the ’assured chain’ which minimises risk.
The AIC assurance schemes are designed for:
Feed ingredient suppliers
However, many other businesses are eligible to participate including: hauliers, storekeepers, ports, shipping operators, and testing facilities.
Simon Williams is Technical Manager for AIC Services. He is based at AIC Head Office, Peterborough and is responsible for the management and coordination of the FEMAS, FIAS and UFAS assurance schemes as well as being the key contact for International mutual recognition issues and liaison with European scheme owners.
Previous to his role with AIC, Simon was employed in a variety of technical roles in the food industry covering primary and further processing of meat, breakfast cereals and a product technologist role with a major retailer.
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.