CODEX work relevant to animal feeding

IFIF is a Codex Alimentarius recognized NGO and continues to be engaged to keep feed safety issues on the Codex agenda.

IFIF is a Codex Alimentarius recognised NGO and was actively involved in the development of the Codex Code of Practice of Good Animal Feeding and was a member of the ad hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding (TF AF). IFIF is engaged to keep feed safety issues on the Codex agenda following the completion of the work of the Codex TF AF.

In 2018 and 2019 IFIF joined global regulators at the annual Sessions of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, where together with the FAO, we held a number of side meetings related to feed safety. Feed safety is relevant to Codex Alimentarius Commission work as it impacts on the safety of food.

IFIF has been actively involved in the development of the Codex Code of Practice of Good Animal Feeding and was an active member of the ad hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding (TF AF).

As a Codex recognized NGO, IFIF follows and inputs into in the work of the relevant Committees and participates in Codex Side Events addressing feed safety for safe food.

In 2018 and 2019 IFIF was actively involved in a number of Codex Working groups including participation in the eWG on the carry-over of unintentional residues of veterinary drugs in feed (CCVRDF), as well in the eWG on revision of the classification of food and feed (CCPR). The CCRVDF requested FAO and WHO in 2018 advice on the issue of unavoidable and unintended residues of veterinary drugs in foods resulting from the carry-over of drug residues in feed and to use lasalocid sodium in eggs as a case-study. There was a call for data Dec 2018, and IFIF participated in the FAO/WHO Stakeholder Meeting in Rome in Jan 2019.

In 2018 and 2019 IFIF also contributed to the eWG on the Revision of the Codex Code of Practice to Minimize and Contain Antimicrobial Resistance (CAC/RCP 61-2005), and the development of Codex guidelines on integrated monitoring and surveillance of foodborne antimicrobial resistance, as well asparticipation at the 6th session of the Ad hoc Codex TF AMR (Dec 2018), and the 7th session of the Ad hoc Codex TF AMR (Dec 2019).

In December 2018 FAO held a successful FAO side event with IFIF on animal nutrition and feed strategies during a meeting of the Ad hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance that took place in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 10 to 14 December 2018. The event highlighted the role of animal nutrition and feed strategies and options for reducing the need to use antimicrobials in animal production.

In 2019 IFIF has contributed to the eWGs in the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF) that are of relevance for the feed sector, in particular the eWG on the revision Revision of the Code of practice for the prevention and reduction of lead contamination in foods (CXC 56-2004), the eWG on Radioactivity in feed and food, and the eWG on development of an approach to identify the need for revision of existing codex standards for contaminants and toxins in food and feed.

This work will continue into 2020 and supports IFIF’s on-going efforts to keep feed safety issues on the Codex agenda.

For more information please visit the Codex website.

Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding (TF AF)

On 2 July 2013 delegates at the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting in Rome adopted the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding (TF AF) terms of reference documents:

  • ‘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.

IFIF supports both these documents and has contributed to the drafting of these important documents over the last three years. The terms of reference documents will set the future standards for the feed industry globally and are intended for governmental use.

For more information, including the documents, please visit the Codex TF AF website.