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Clearly regulated – EU food and feed law

Certification is indispensable for animal feed on the European market

To ensure the quality and safety of feed in the European Union, the EU has issued clear regulations and guidelines. They cover all stages of the production, processing and sale of feed. Official monitoring is carried out in order to check and enforce the implementation of these regulations and guidelines by the companies.

High level of feed safety in the European internal market

The EU food and feed law provides a uniform legal standard, which enables companies to conduct trading operations on the EU internal market freely and safely. The EU regulations apply to feed for livestock, such as cattle, pigs and poultry, as well as to pet food.

Relevant EU legislative acts

The most important regulations adopted by the EU include

Special requirements also apply to organic farming pursuant to the EU regulation on organic agriculture, Regulation (EU) No. 834/2007.

Extensive requirements for producers

For companies operating in the feed sector, the EU regulations give rise to extensive legal obligations and particular responsibility, for example:
 

  • Feed companies are responsible for the safety of the products produced, transported and, if they operate in areas other than agricultural primary production, also used by them. In addition to the reliable implementation of the appropriate measures, this includes corresponding documentation.
  • Feed companies are liable for any infringement of the legal regulations regarding feed safety.
  • Feed companies, whose activities extend beyond agricultural primary production, have to monitor and prevent risk in accordance with the principles of the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) system. Their compliance must be documented and demonstrated.
  • Feed has to be retraceable through all stages of production, processing and sale.
  • Feed companies are under an obligation to register themselves. Furthermore, they are also subject to registration when they manufacture certain products and place them on the market.

Certified quality: High standards in practice

The legal requirements for feed safety require the achievement of the highest reliability and quality along the entire production chain. At each stage of production, sale and trading, all participants must be able to rely completely on the compliance of products with applicable EU law. To this end, subcontractors and downstream processors should be able to provide each other with proof of compliance at any time. This also applies to imports from third countries.

 

For this purpose, corresponding certified quality management systems have now been established as a standard in the feed industry. In addition to the DIN EN ISO 9001ff. system, these include the QS and GMP+ systems. The auditing is conducted by internationally recognised inspection bodies. For products in the feed sector within the EU internal market, the certification is meanwhile regarded as indispensable in practice.

K+S KALI GmbH: Auditing as a matter of course

Under the brand KaSa®, K+S KALI GmbH offers high-purity salts of natural origin for use in feed. All KaSa® products are certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001ff. and GMP+, and are QS-recognised. Moreover, they can be used in accordance with the EU Regulation on Organic Agriculture (EU) No. 834/2007 as agricultural primary feed products in organic farming. All subcontractors for components of our products are inspected by us regularly and carefully to ensure that they comply with applicable EU feed law.

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