October 22, 2008- Global animal health and nutrition company Alltech recently achieved Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS) certification at four of its plants, assuring that certain materials produced by the company at these sites satisfy the stringent controls applied to animal feed manufacture in regard to quality assurance, traceability, and selection of raw materials.
Alltech’s Nicholasville plant was awarded the certification based on evaluation of its range of silage inoculants. The plants in Springfield, Kentucky, and Alexandria, Ontario, received certification for their manufacture of Bioplex trace minerals. The Sao Pedro, Brazil plant was graded on its manufacture of the following products: Bio-Mos, Mycosorb, Sel-Plex, and NuPro.
Since its inception, the FEMAS feed materials scheme has been based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles, an internationally recognized, detailed system of hazard analysis established by NASA. FEMAS is a United Kingdom (UK) based method to assure the quality of feed ingredients being imported into the UK and Ireland, and is recognized as being equivalent to the major EU quality schemes, such as Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS), Feed Additives and Pre-mixtures Quality System (FAMIQS), and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP+).
The FEMAS scheme itself covers the sourcing and production of feed materials, tracking them back to the countries where they were grown. FEMAS-certified companies are an extremely diverse group, ranging from food additive manufacturers to food processors and brewers. By complying with FEMAS and, in turn, being awarded with this certification, Alltech can now boast having the highest standards for the production of its materials, both strengthening and demonstrating its quality.
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