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INDUSTRY The UK Former Foodstuffs Processing Association (UKFFPA) has welcomed the European Commission’s publication of ‘Guidelines for the feed use of food no longer intended for human consumption’. The Association, which represents companies processing 650,000 tonnes of former foodstuffs annually, believes that the Guidelines will help the industry in several ways. Paul Featherstone, who chairs both the

UKFFPA and the European Former Foodstuffs Association (EFFPA), which represents processors across Europe, said: “This is a key milestone, providing both recognition for the industry and clarification. As the latest step in developing the Circular Economy Action Plan in Europe, it endorses the value of our sector within the food supply chain. “The Guidelines provide a detailed look

at implementing legislation across a range of scenarios. The contribution that foodstuffs that are no longer fit for human consumption can make to animal feed, and ultimately the human food supply chain, is recognised.” The Guidelines’ objectives include

explaining and clarifying applicable legislation. They also present ‘best practices’ that comply with the current EU regulatory framework without unnecessary administrative burden.


ASSEMBLY FEFAC and its French member EUROFAC have opened the registrations to the symposia on the role of animal nutrition in animal health management and the European protein plan in Lyon, France, on 20-21 June 2018, in the background of FEFAC’s 63rd Public General Assembly. A first draft version of the programme has also been made available. On day one, European Commission

Director Food & Feed Safety (DG SANTE), Dr Sabine JÜLICHER, and the Deputy Director for health and animal welfare at the French Ministry of Agriculture (DGAL), Mr Laurent LARIVIERE, will provide keynote speeches on EU and French policy initiatives focusing on AMR reduction and the role of animal nutrition science therein. Professor Leo den Hartog (Nutreco) will elaborate on the scientific dimension of innovative feeding regimes as part of optimal farm animal health management. Professional experts from FVE, AnimalhealthEurope, FEFANA, FEFAC, Copa-Cogeca and a.v.e.c. will jointly present their respective sector visions and initiatives

for improved animal health management as well as discussing synergies and opportunities for developing a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach. FEFAC has already developed an information briefing on the way forward for an increased contribution of animal nutrition science to animal health management. On day two, European Commission

Director for Agricultural Markets Jens Schaps (DG AGRI) will brief participants on the work progress of the EU protein plan, which is expected to be published before the end of 2018. Jean-Michel Aspar from COCERAL will explain the strategic importance for the EU livestock sector to keep open access to imports of protein-rich feed materials. The potential of alternative protein sources and the challenges & opportunities for plant breeders will be highlighted by speakers from Wageningen University and ETP Plants of the Future respectively, followed by a panel discussion with speakers from Copa-Cogeca, FEDIOL, Terre INOVIA and USSEC.


INNOVATION AWARD Alltech’s European Bioscience Centre, located in Dunboyne, County Meath, has been nominated for a US-Ireland Research Innovation Award. The centre has been nominated in the Multinational Corporation Category for research on how reduced diversity among intestinal gut microbes can affect animal health and can lead to the overgrowth of pathogens and the development of resistance. It also examines how increasing gut microbial diversity through nutrition and diet can aid in the control of these issues with the aim of reducing reliance on antibiotics. Now in its fourth year, the awards are

a joint initiative between the Royal Irish Academy and the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and are aimed at recognising excellence in research innovation, creation and invention by an organisation as a result of U.S. foreign direct investment in Ireland. The winners will be announced on 18 May at the Chamber’s annual dinner, which will also welcome Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys. Alltech’s European Bioscience Centre is

Alltech’s pivotal research centre in Europe. The research work carried out at the centre specialises in cellular biotechnology, and the team of 20 scientists based in Dunboyne have developed unique insights into specific focus areas such as yeast cell wall architecture, trace element chelation, biomarker detection and microbial population dynamics. This work has resulted in the development of new solutions, services and analytical tools that improve producer profitability and efficiency. Alltech’s European Bioscience Centre is

one of the company’s three major bioscience centres around the world, with each centre having its own innovative focus. The centres are complemented by more than 20 research alliances with leading universities around the world. Alltech’s research team are also responsible for over 500 patents awarded to Alltech globally.


QUALITY” The European compound feed industry, represented by FEFAC, holds the largest market potential for vegetable protein grown in the EU. In a detailed position paper, made public in the margins of the DG AGRI stakeholder survey on the European Protein Plan, FEFAC raises attention to the “protein quality” dimension of the different protein sources and their use in animal nutrition. FEFAC stresses that different protein sources are needed for different animal nutrition requirements. According to FEFAC President Nick

Major: “We notice the strong political interest to reduce the EU protein deficit and the inherent reliance on imports. It should be clear, however, that market demand from the feed industry for European vegetable protein is based on the nutritional requirements of livestock, i.e. identifying the optimal protein quality in available feed materials and delivering them to food-producing animals. We, therefore, need to ensure that the quality and nutritional composition of the protein is fully taken into account.” The quality of protein is determined by

factors such as amino acid profile, digestibility, protein concentration and presence of anti-nutrients. Animal nutrition science has already enabled the continuous improvement of protein efficiency in livestock farming, for example through phase feeding and the use of synthetic amino acids to more closely match the animal’s requirements. However, the adoption of new technologies such as innovative plant breeding will be necessary to further boost the inclusion rate of European proteins in feed formulation. Nick Major continues: “If the EU is serious

about reducing the protein deficit, we need to get to a stage where improving protein quality through plant breeding is seen as a key long- term strategic driver for market investments. EU policy development will need to reflect the ambition of wanting to reap the benefits of the most advanced plant breeding technologies so they can be brought to farm level.” As part of 7 key recommendations,

FEFAC also advises the European Commission to invest in effective tools that can measure the impact of all relevant EU policies on the strategic protein supply of the European feed sector.


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