AFIA Supports Feed Export Certification Program

The American Feed Industry Association is pleased that a new USDA and FDA agreement designates the Agricultural Marketing Service as the authority to certify animal feed and pet food products for export to foreign countries. AFIA Manager of International Trade Gina Tumbarello says the agreement is a result of AFIA's efforts to inform USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service about issues industry has had exporting to various markets. She says the need to find a feed export certification solution for the increasingly popular requirements put out by several countries ultimately led the government agencies to come together to develop the agreement allowing AMS to serve as the competent authority for feeds and register, audit and certify feed facilities as needed based on foreign requirements. The agency now has the ability to certify a wide range of animal feed products, dried distillers' grains with soluble, mixed-ingredient feeds and feed additives. AMS Administrator Anne Alonzo says the agreement is a big step toward helping U.S. feed exporters take advantage of the growing global demand for these products.

AFIA notes the program will not be implemented across the board for all feed and feed ingredient products to all markets but will be addressed on a country-by-country basis. AFIA will help identify markets where the feed, feed ingredient and pet food industries are currently experiencing export difficulties related to certifications on foreign requirements. AMS will then work with the foreign government to determine if there is an opportunity for AMS to fulfill the requirements. According to AFIA - the hope is for AMS to develop a program and certificate that could be used across several export market requirements - rather than creating a separate certificate for each market.

Steps are already underway to use this program to address certification requirements for processed plant-based feed products under China's AQSIQ Decree 118 - and AFIA looks forward to future opportunities to use this new mechanism for certification of feed and pet food products for export in other markets.

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