In August 2019, Vemo 99 Ltd was successfully re-certified according to the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standard for animal feed additives. This give us a confidence that our high-quality products meet the high European market requirements. Thus, we have the opportunity to establish our feed additive products as a standard of high quality on the market.
In the beginning of the millennium, the issue of food safety became particularly important for European consumers. The European Union Commissioner for Health and Consumers Protection by that time, David Byrne, indicated that “Food safety is my No 1 priority, and I am setting about ensuring that Europe has the highest standards for our consumers”.
In order to achieve this objective, the European Commission published a ‘White Paper on Food Safety’ on the 12th January 2000, which set out a co-ordinated approach to food safety across the EU, and included the establishment of a new European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), with specific responsibility to ‘ensure a high level of human health and consumer protection’. The White Paper also clearly identified ‘the whole of the food chain, including animal feed production’, and attributed the ‘primary responsibility for safe food production to industry, producers and suppliers’.
The GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance is a certification scheme developed to guarantee feed safety and reassure consumers about the responsible way animal feed products are produced, processed, traded, stored and transported around the world.
As of 1st January 2006, the Animal Feed Hygiene Regulations (Regulation (EC) 183/2005) has been effective in Europe. The regulation includes requirement relating to hygienic handling of animal feed and it determines that all activities of animal feed production should be covered under scope and shall apply HACCP principles, as a tool for preparing and implementing the system. Thus, GMP+ certification is in high demand by the market – especially amongst European countries – for certification of the feed supply chain.
VEMO is happy and proud to follow GMP+ high EU standards for many years now.