New pre-requisite programmes from BSI set to minimise risks in the manufacture of animal food and feed

Press release - 15 September 2011

The British Standards Institution, BSI, today launches a new Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for animal food and feed to further reduce food safety risks along the food supply chain.

PAS 222 - Prerequisite programmes for food safety in the manufacture of food and feed for animals - aims to ensure confidence in animal food and feed production by collecting good animal food, feed and ingredient practices from manufacturers around the world.

The new specification will potentially reduce production costs for those who adhere to the good practices it sets out and help manufacturers meet their clients’ ever-more stringent requirements to demonstrate the quality of their food safety systems.

Sponsored by SSAFE (Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere), the specification was developed with broad stakeholder representation through a steering group including leading organizations such as the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC), Cargill, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Foundation for Food Safety Certification (FSSC), Land O’Lakes, Nestlé and Nutreco.

Developed in response to growing requests from the animal feed industry, the prerequisite programmes outlined in PAS 222 will be of particular interest to organizations involved in the manufacturing and supply of compound animal food and ingredients utilized in the manufacture of animal food, as well as to certification bodies and public authorities.

“By working closely with leading animal food, feed, and governmental organizations around the world, BSI has developed voluntary requirements that will help lower the risk of food safety hazards across the food supply chain,” said Mike Low, Director of British Standards. “The specification outlines a set of clear, concise and uncomplicated requirements for animal food and feed producers to follow, enabling them to easily and rapidly implement good practices within their day-to-day operations. We believe adoption of these collective practices will facilitate the capture of supply-chain efficiencies within the animal food and feed industry while continuing to protect animal and public health.”

Since many organisations are looking for ways to manage their food safety risks better. BSI and SSAFE have developed PAS 222 with the aim to support animal food and feed ingredient manufacturers by setting specific requirements for the development and implementation of prerequisite programmes in the manufacture of animal food and feed. The requirements can be used either in conjunction with ISO 22000, Food Safety management systems or as a stand-alone document.

About BSI

BSI (British Standards Institution) is a global organization that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, reduce risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Famed for its marks of excellence including the instantly recognizable Kitemark®, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, construction, energy, engineering, finance, healthcare, IT and retail. With over 70,000 clients in 150 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.