Codex TF AF
IFIF joined global regulators at the 7th session of the Ad Hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding (TF AF) in Bern, Switzerland on 4-8 February 2013, to finalise the guidelines to apply the risk assessment methodologies of the Codex Alimentarius for animal feed and feed additives.
The Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding (TF AF) has completed their draft work on both terms of reference documents at the 7th Session of the Codex TF AF which took place in Bern, Switzerland, on 4-8 February 2013.
IFIF has contributed to the drafting of both the 'Guidelines on Application of Risk Assessment for Feed' and the 'Guidance for Use by Governments in Prioritizing the National Feed Hazards', which will set the future standards for the feed industry globally. Both of these documents are intended for governmental use.
The attendees in Bern included Codex member countries, UN Organizations, Non-governmental Organizations (IFIF is a CODEX recognised NGO and holds observer status), Swiss government bodies (Federal Office for Agriculture, Federal Office for Public Health, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and the Federal Veterinary Office).
The IFIF delegation, led by Joel G. Newman, President and CEO of the American Feed Industry Association, and chairman of the IFIF Policy Committee, and Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF Executive Director, submitted IFIF’s final comments on the two documents being elaborated by the TF AF:
- "Guidelines on Application of Risk Assessment for Feed" which include specific science-based risk assessment criteria to apply to feed contaminants and to enable countries to prioritize and assess risks based upon local conditions, use and the impact on human health.
- "Guidance for Use by Governments in Prioritizing the National Feed Hazards" in feed ingredients and feed additives for governmental use by using clear criterias to prioritise the list of hazards and take account of the potential transfer of contaminants in feed to edible animal products.
The documents from the meeting, including the presentations, can be accessed at the Codex TF AF website.
As a next step the two documents will be proposed for adoption by governments at the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting on 1-5 July 2013 in Rome, Italy.
For more information please visit http://www.codextfaf.ch/.