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NEWS ▶▶▶ Feed sector needs to be classed as essential during COVID-19


The Feed Industry, both in the US and in the EU, calls on state officials to maintain access to businesses providing animal food. Associations plead to include animal food businesses in their list of “essential businesses”.


AFIA In the letter AFIA states: “While we understand and appreciate the efforts to slow this pan- demic, we must also recognise that animals need to continue to have access to food and therefore our industry must be able to manu- facture, transport and sell ingredients, feed and pet food. Some states have taken the nec- essary steps to exclude essential businesses that qualify as ‘agricultural’ under their respec- tive state codes. As you look at your next con- tainment steps, we want to ensure that live- stock feed and pet food, and the organizations that transport, package, manufacture, process and sell those products, receive the same ex- emptions, as they are vital to the health and wellbeing of animals.”


Europe EU grains, oilseeds and feed value chain part- ners (FEFAC, COCERAL and FEDIOL) call on the Commission to take urgent steps to avoid dis- ruption of food and feed supply in Europe.The chain partners call for the inclusion of feed next to food on the list of essential goods men- tioned in the EU Commission Guidelines on Border Management. Some Member States, such as Spain, Italy and Belgium, have already included feed supplies on their list of essential goods, but the partners state there is a need for a harmonised approach at the EU level. They also call on EU and national authorities to take swift action to ensure that all food and feed, even if not perishable, can be transported across the EU unhindered as long as all re- quired health safety measures are respected. “The EU feed industry fully accepts the need for strict containment policies at EU and Member State level to slow down the infectious COV- ID-19 cycle. Our priority and key mission is to protect animal health and the welfare of farm


Ukraine begins processing food waste into feed


The Ukraine-based companies Effective Invest- ments and Mada Participations BV have start- ed building a feedplant designed to process food and livestock waste into feedstuff. The cost of the project is $ 20 million and partners are considering plans to build two similar plants in Ukraine in the years ahead: one in central and one in southern Ukraine. The con- struction of the Feednova plant in Lviv Oblast began in December 2019 and is slated to be completed by the end of 2020. The first prod- ucts are expected to hit the market in 2021.


The problem of processing by-products from the livestock industry is very relevant for Ukraine. The new plant should provide a pow- erful solution to this problem. “We plan to manufacture high-protein feed additives. Our range of ready-to-use products will include meat-and-bone meal, bone meal and fat. The equipment for the plant will be supplied by our main partner, Mavitec,” said Andrey Ogo- rodnik, general director of the Feednova plant. “Our main technology is dry rendering – a


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process under which the moisture content in raw materials is reduced and microorganisms are eliminated. We grind raw materials, then use thermal treatment to vaporise moisture and separate fat. After that, we grind solids into meal.” Feednova intends to collect raw materials among meat-processing plants, slaughterhouses, poultry farms and fattening complexes, mainly located in western Ukraine within a radius of 250km of the plant. All sup- pliers will have storage containers with cooling compartments. Special vehicles will collect the waste. With the launch of the second stage of the plant, Feednova has plans to begin pro- cessing waste from supermarkets as well. “Our company is export oriented, so initially prod- ucts should be sold through European traders. In future, we aim to emerge on the Asian mar- ket of ready-to-use products. Needless to say, we are taking European clients into account too,” Ogorodnik said. “Our plant should be- come a gold standard for our country, certified in accordance with the ISO 22000 and HACCP quality standards. As of today, there are no


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similar companies in Ukraine, so our market is fully dependent on the import of feed addi- tives that are rich in protein. We aim to become a truly effective example of import replace- ment,” Ogorodnik added. In total, there should be four production lines at the plant, with the capacity to process 220 tonnes of raw materi- als per day, producing 90 tonnes of ready- to-use products.


Chain partners call for the inclusion of feed alongside food in the list of essential goods.


animals as well as food supply chains for milk, meat and eggs to consumers during the COV- ID-19 crisis. We therefore urge the EU Commis- sion to recognise the status of feedstuffs as es- sential goods in the EU COVID-19 guidelines, which is crucial to upholding the functioning of the single market for feedstuffs to prevent supply chain disruptions and shortages of es- sential nutrients needed by the EU farm animal population.” FEFAC President, Nick Major.


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