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customers. The SF/SF program has been instrumental
in helping us do just that and the cost seems very reasonable.
Because of our good scores, we only need to be
audited every other year, which is a nice asset from the
program as well.
When ZinPro added
the International
SF/SF certification,
they combined it
with the company's
FAMI-QS certificate,
decreasing the audit
load for its facilities.
ZinPro
to combine it with our FAMI-QS certificate, decreasing
the audit load for our facilities.
Do you feel the program has helped your facility
come into compliance with new regulations?
Yes, the SF/SF program has helped us stay compliant and
adapt to FSMA rules. The support from the AFIA on the
food safety plan and how SF/SF adapted to that requirement
has been a great asset.
Has the program helped your company comply
with regulatory changes emerging from the
coronavirus pandemic?
We haven't had to deal with too many regulatory changes
emerging from the pandemic yet. The big changes
for us have been the possibility to be audited remotely,
which has been a great accommodation, and the way we
work with drivers when they deliver our ingredients. For
example, we updated our visitor policy and have worked
to build social distancing requirements into the delivery
process to ensure everyone stays safe.
It takes time and resources to pull together the
materials for annual renewal. How do you weigh
the costs and benefits?
It's difficult to put a price tag on earning trust from our
Do your customers understand what it means for
your facility to be SF/SF certified?
Our customers certainly recognize the value of the SF/SF
certification - it helps them evaluate and accept us as an
approved supplier. FSMA requires that every feed and food
company prove their suppliers have processes in place that
result in good and safe products. The SF/SF certificate provides
the evidence that the supplier is in compliance.
How do you think the SF/SF program compares
to other certification programs?
It seems like all programs have been adjusting to the
new FSMA rules and have become more comparable.
The FSC32, the program for pet food and pet food ingredients,
and FSC34, the program for the manufacture
of animal feeds, are Global Food Safety Initiativebenchmarked,
which is a plus.
What would you tell a company considering
pursuing SF/SF certification?
I would say that having a SF/SF certificate is very valuable.
It will provide assurance that you are consistently manufacturing
safe food for animals. Depending on where you do
business, you have several options to choose from, making
it a program that can work for many companies.
PFP
Paul Davis, Ph.D., is the director of quality, animal food
safety and education for the American Feed Industry
Association.
ABOUT THE SAFE FEED/SAFE FOOD CERTIFICATION PROGRAM:
Nearly two decades ago, the AFIA set
out to develop a program that would
establish and promote generally accepted
food safety guidelines that
ensure continuous improvement
in
the delivery of a safe and wholesome
feed supply for the growth and care
of animals. That goal blossomed into
the mission of the SF/SF certification
program, launched in 2004.
Administered by the Safe Quality
Food Institute (SQFI), the voluntary,
independently certified program establishes
comprehensive standards
of excellence that go beyond existing
regulations to help maximize food and
feed safety. It helps feed, pet food and
ingredient manufacturers by:
* Communicating food safety risks
to the industry
* Building consensus among
industry segments
* Providing continuing education for
the workforce
* Enhancing customer confidence in
the feed and food supply
Facilities can receive four certifications:
* FSC36 - standard SF/SF
certification program
* FSC32 - program for pet food and
pet food ingredients
* FSC34 - program for the
manufacture of animal feeds
* International Safe Feed/Safe Food
- program for those that export
their products globally
For more information on the SF/SF
program, visit the AFIA's new website
at safefeedsafefood.org.
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