Food Feed Schemes
People want to know where their food comes from and they want reassurance it is safe to eat. Animal feed and grains, oilseeds and pulses are clearly important for the food chain - and AIC has created a set of assurance schemes to cover them. The schemes apply to:
- the sources of feed ingredients
- the producers and distributors of animal feed
- the storage, haulage and laboratory analysis of grains, oilseeds and pulses for food, feed and biofuels (called combinable crops because they are harvested by combine harvesters).
The first AIC Trade Assurance Schemes were developed in the mid-nineties in response to consumer and legislative pressure resulting from food scares such as BSE and Salmonella. The later FMD outbreak reinforced the need for safe feed.
More recently areas other than food and feed safety have been identified as being able to benefit from independent assurance:
Fertiliser Security, Safety and Traceability
FIAS (Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme) has been developed to help the industry manage the safety, security and traceability of all fertilisers.
Safe application of plant protection products to seeds
ESTA (European Seed Treatment Assurance scheme, is for the seed treatment industry to preserve essential plant protection products, protect international trade and ensure ongoing investment within the sector. This is in response to environmental concerns raised over the poor application of plant protection products elsewhere in the EU.