End of beef ban by China hailed as success for UK assurance schemes – AIC
28 June 2018
The Agricultural Industries Confederation has welcomed the news that China is lifting its export ban on British beef as a result of demonstrating the level of assurance that exists across the supply chain.
Through its subsidiary, AIC Services, the Confederation operates three feed assurance schemes – FEMAS, TASSC and UFAS - that underpin feed safety beginning with raw ingredient supplies both from the UK and overseas.
“Our schemes ensure that many of the raw ingredients that go into beef diets come from assured sources and are traceable. This is an essential foundation on which the on-farm and meat processing assurance schemes are built,” said John Kelley, Managing Director of AIC Services.
AIC supported one of its members at a visit by the Chinese delegation to a feed plant organised by the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency. This provided first-hand experience of the feed industry’s high standards which form a vital first step in the UK beef industry.
Geoff Dodgson on behalf of AIC Services
Notes for editors
FEMAS (Feed Materials Assurance Scheme) covers the sourcing and production of feed ingredients, either by certifying complete supply chains or by the ‘gatekeeper’ Intermediate Supplier Standard.
TASCC (Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops) deals with what happens to grains and pulses when they leave the farm to the end user.
UFAS (Universal Feed Assurance Scheme) deals with the production and delivery of compounds feeds and the supply of feeds to the farm.