On 28 November 2017, EFFPA (the European Former Foodstuff Processors Association) organised a factory visit for European Commissioner of Health & Food Safety, Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis, to Agrifirm in Veghel (The Netherlands) to provide a first-hand introduction to former foodstuff processing.
Former foodstuff processors transform foodstuffs no longer suitable for commercial human consumption into high-quality animal feed. Examples are broken biscuits, incorrectly shaped chocolates or incorrectly flavoured crisps.
After the visit, Commissioner Andriukaitis said: “I am very satisfied with the visit. It is always useful to see how things are done one the ground. The notion of ‘circular economy’ becomes very tangible. Indeed, thanks to the top technology you have it in action – a broken biscuit is transformed into safe feed for animals. This is one way of how circular economy works and how food waste is prevented”.
For EFFPA the visit was another milestone in its existence as a sector-representing organisation. EFFPA President Paul Featherstone: “The possibility to showcase the role of former foodstuff processing in the circular economy to European Commissioner Andriukaitis further establishes us as part of safe and sustainable feed production. At the same time, we have clearly demonstrated former foodstuff processing is not in competition with food banks”.
The visit allowed to illustrate former foodstuff processing is an intrinsic part of the food-to-feed chain. EFFPA currently awaits the outcome of the ‘trilogue’ negotiations on the Circular Economy Package which is expected to confirm that former foodstuffs placed on the market as feed are clearly exempted from the Waste Framework Directive.
EFFPA, the European Former Foodstuff Processors Association, was founded on 1 January 2014. It represents 4 national associations (UK, NL, DE, FR), 3 full member companies (BE, IT, ES), 2 associate member companies (CA, US) and 1 observer company (GR). EFFPA estimates approximately 3.5 million tonnes of former foodstuffs annually are processed into animal feed in the EU. EFFPA estimates the turnover of the European former foodstuff sector industry was over € 1 billion for 2016.