As part of this all products sold as FEMAS certified will need to be registered centrally at Brenntag UK and Ireland head office in Leeds and will continue to be audited on an annual basis to ensure we adhere to these standards. The award of FEMAS across our depot network validates our feed safety procedures and confirms compliance to feed regulations.
FEMAS covers all feed ingredients and additives intended for direct feeding to animals (not including pets) or for inclusion in compound feeds and blends. The accreditation is based upon HACCP principles which Brenntag UK and Ireland have implemented and followed across our site network for a number of years. As many livestock are bred for human consumption the well-being and protection of the animal is of utmost importance to ensure that potential material impurities do not build up as pollutants in the animal or products produced from the animal.
The levels of impurities of materials compliant with EU regulations are usually stricter in feed than in food for human consumption. In recent years, food scares have been caused due to a lack of control of animal feeds in the market and the FEMAS accreditation helps provide assurance to customers that they are getting feeds and blends from audited, safe sources.
As part of our FEMAS accreditation, Brenntag UK and Ireland will act as a ‘gatekeeper’ which allows us to source non-assured ingredients and take the relevant steps to ensure their safety before trading them on as assured. All products sourced this way will be individually submitted for approval to our auditors, KIWA PAI (Product Authentication Inspectorate). KIWA PAI is a UKAS-accredited product conformity certification body and specialises in agricultural supplies, food and farm certification.