Alltech receives FEMAS certification

30-10-2008 | |

Alltech recently achieved Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS) certification at four of its plants.

This certification assures that certain materials produced by the company at these sites satisfy the stringent controls applied to animal feed manufacture in regard to quality assurance, traceability, and selection of raw materials.

Alltech’s Nicholasville plant in the US was awarded the certification based on the evaluation of its range of silage inoculants. The plants in Springfield and Kentucky in the US, and Alexandria, Ontario, Canada, received certification for the manufacture of Bioplex® organic trace minerals. The São Pedro, Brazil plant was graded on the manufacture of the following products: Bio-Mos®, Mycosorb®, Sel-Plex®, and NuPro®.

Since its inception, the FEMAS feed materials scheme has been based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles, an internationally recognised, detailed system of hazard analysis. FEMAS is a British based method of assuring the quality of feed ingredients being imported into the UK and Ireland, and is recognised as being equivalent to the major EU quality schemes, such as Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS), Feed Additives and Pre-mixtures Quality System (FAMIQS), and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP+).

The FEMAS scheme itself covers the sourcing and production of feed materials, tracking them back to the countries where they were grown. FEMAS-certified companies are an extremely diverse group, ranging from food additive manufacturers to food processors and brewers.

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Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist