IFIF expert committees
Experts from member companies and national associations participate in IFIF’s three expert and technical committees: Policy, Technology and Education (PET). These consider key industry issues and help develop global feed and food industry standards.
In 2012, the Policy Committee continued its work with Codex Alimentarius to ensure that IFIF’s position is fairly represented in Codex feed-related work, including input into the Codex Task Force on Animal Feeding draft documents. This critical effort continues in 2013.
The Committee is also working on a second phase of the Comparison of Approvals Process and Risk Assessment Procedures for Feed Ingredients Project. This will lead to the creation of a model for ingredient equivalency between countries and an expansion to other world regions.
The Education Committee worked to promote the adoption and use of the IFIF FAO Feed Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry. Translations of the Feed Manual into the other FAO working languages, including Spanish, Arabic and French are being finalized and will be launched in 2013 and the English and Chinese version is available for download here.
The Committee also organized the IV. Global Feed & Food Congress, which was held for the first time on the African continent on 8-12 April 2013 in Sun City, South Africa.
The Technology Committee is working on the Specialty Feed Ingredients Sustainability (SFIS) project, which brings together for the first time a consortium of international companies and associations dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of livestock through innovative specialty feed ingredients.
The Committee is also overseeing the work related to the FAO Global Agenda of Action, which will focus on the improvement of resource-use efficiency in the livestock sector to support livelihoods, long-term food security and economic growth while safeguarding other environmental and public health outcomes.