The Feed Law Code of Practice (England), which was published in May 2014, introduced earned recognition into the feed sector. This means that where a feed business is either a compliant member of an FSA approved assurance scheme or can demonstrate a history of compliance it will qualify for a reduced frequency of inspection.
The use of earned recognition is not new to the FSA and has already been applied in the dairy hygiene and food primary production areas.
The FSA has established a comprehensive and robust process for assessing assurance schemes for approval.
In January 2016, the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office, accompanied by national experts from four other member states, conducted a study visit to look at the co-operation between private certification schemes and Feed Official Controls in the UK. They examined the FSA’s strategy of ‘earned recognition’ to which they gave positive feedback. This is the final report from that visit.
FSA approved assurance schemes
Working with the Veterinary Medicine Directorate and the trade association Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC), the FSA has approved the following schemes:
- Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS)
- Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS)
- Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC)
The FSA has also approved the following schemes operated by Red Tractor in the farming sector:
- Beef and Lamb Scheme
- Dairy Scheme
- Crops and Sugar Beet Scheme
- Pigs and Poultry Schemes
Other assurance schemes
The FSA is working with other assurance scheme providers in the UK for approval and subsequent inclusion into relevant earned recognition arrangements.
Feed Law Code of Practice in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland
The revised Feed Law Code of Practice and supporting guidance is awaiting ministerial approval in Wales. In Northern Ireland guidance will be developed for DARD. A new code for Scotland will be developed pending the outcome of the Animal Feed Review in Scotland.