Approximately 100 feed facility managers, operations personnel and mill personnel heard from industry leaders on the latest federal regulations impacting their businesses at the American Feed Industry Association’s 11th annual Feed Education Program, held during the International Production & Processing Expo.
The half-day education program provided attendees with an overview of the latest environmental, food safety and workplace safety rules and regulations affecting the feed manufacturing industry. It also covered the latest guidance from the Food and Drug Administration on compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act and provided attendees with information on the tools they need to help their businesses comply with the regulations. In addition, attendees heard about the Institute for Feed Education and Research’s latest research project that is analysing whether certain salmonella serotypes are present in feed as well as a presentation on how plant control systems can assist facilities with FSMA compliance.
“Our industry is constantly evolving to ensure we are producing safe animal food in compliance with all state and federal regulations,” said Gary Huddleston, AFIA’s director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs. “The Feed Education Program provides a great forum for industry leaders to discuss new technology as well as learn about regulatory compliance requirements for animal food manufacturers.”
In addition to the educational portion of the program, AFIA announced Sanderson Farms of Collins, Mississippi, as the 2017 Feed Facility of the Year award winner. Cosponsored by AFIA and Feedstuffs, this program recognizes overall excellence in feed and ingredient manufacturing operations. Sanderson Farms earned the industry’s top honor based on the company’s commitment to safety, employee engagement and its robust metrics tracking to monitor, maintain and increase performance.